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    And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ[a] the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest,  and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests." 



    The Nativity Story Birth of Jesus Christ Christmas movie trailer about Mary, Joseph, and the birth of Jesus.

    Global Boom and Global Gloom

    September and October (2008) financial crisis in US had contagious effect on the whole world.   Stock market downfall, liquid cash disappearance, foreign exchange rates becoming unstable, anxiety and fear in investors, some suicides were reported from several parts of the world.  Is it the sign of global recession?  Pink is the colour that is considered scary, as people are rapidly loosing their jobs . . . the global society needs to be in ICU for spiritual shock treatment and surgery.  Alas, prophets try to apply band aids as solutions and declare all will be well.  Will the Church produce prophets for the post-modern era?  Yes, God will raise his own witnesses for every generation.

    Diwali, also known as Deepavali, is a 'festival of lights' celebrated especially by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains. This festival is spread over three to four days and is one of the most anticipated times of celebration. Homes are lit with hundreds of deeya (clay oil lamps) during the season, to signify victory of good over evil. The day of Diwali is the highlight of this celebratory mood. Families get together to start the day with oil baths, then exchange gifts and sweets, followed by the most exciting event of the year - family fire works. Fireworks begin before the crack of dawn and go well into the day. No amount of description is sufficient to capture all the excitement and celebrations associated with the Diwali festival. You have to be there to experience it.

    "I am not completely convinced that "enough" is primarily related to contentment, philanthropy, spiritual, cultural, or economic factors. It seems to me that the concept of "enough" has several levels and that Abraham Maslow's "hierarchy of needs" serves as a good initial classification scheme . . . However, anyone with any experience of the world, or even the willingness to reflect on the news headlines each day, will be aware, for example, that parents are often willing to go without food so that their children can be fed (which violates Maslow's point about his most basic level): something "higher" drives them to abandon their "most basic" needs . . . . consider people who, for love, are even willing to give up their own lives. 

    Graham Stuart Staines was the Australian missionary who was burnt to death along with his two sons Philip, aged nine and Timothy aged seven while sleeping in his station wagon at Manoharpur village in Keonjhar district in Orissa, India in January 1999. Graham Staines had been working in Orissa among the tribal poor and especially with leprosy patients since 1965. He spoke fluent Oriya and was very popular among the patients whom he used to help after they were cured. He used to teach them how to make mats out of rope and basket from saboigrass and hand weaving. The widow of Graham Staines, Gladys has said the perpetrators of the crime should be forgiven. "I've no hatred for anyone.  "I've no anger," Mrs. Gladys Staines responded."

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