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Wednesday, January 2, 2008

In the Wake of the Holiday Wave

I had a wonderful Christmas. Relaxing, mostly, not hectic. I'm always sorry to see the Christmas tree go. The lights are fun to watch and very condusive to writing because they put my mind in "the mood" to compose.
Dad and Mom bought me a Crossley combo player (I think that's what you call it). It plays cassettes, CDs, and records. It's something I mentioned last year to them and completely forgot that I had. The sound quality is very nice and I enjoy the fact that I can listen to some music that otherwise I'd have to forego.
Whenever I look at the Christmas tree I think of the fact of where it stands out the most clearly: in darkness. When all the lights around it are put out the beauty of it stands out from the darkened room.
So it is with Christ, born into this dark world, He stood out amidst the sin, a reminder that there is and always has been hope for humankind. It is up to us to honor Christ, our hope, and not dim the light of his glory. We must share it by living it out in our lives. Let people know that He is truth by showing the truth in you.


Shayna Denham said...

Okay, who made the sign "Looking is fine. Just don't touch." Haha. I'm guessing his name starts with a "B".
Very good post Scott! :)

Anonymous said...

Amen. Christmas morning I woke up early and couldn't go back to sleep so I sat in the Living with just the Christmas tree lit up, and it was just such a quiet and peaceful way to start my day, keeping my focus on Him who came to light the way for us.

Scott Phillip Appleton said...

Okay, Shayna... I didn't expect you'd read the note under the tree! In fact, I'm surprised you noticed it!

I wrote it and I put it there. Dad has an uncanny knack for guessing anything we get him if he's allowed to touch it. So I devised this to keep him guessing. It worked, too; the gifts were untampered with until Christmas day!

Shayna Denham said...

That is too funny Scott!! :) Tony's dad is the same way. One year we wrapped his gift in several layers of bubble wrap, then we wrapped it in wrapping paper. He couldn't guess what we got him. Yay! Mission accomplished!


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In a world where morality is forsaken and Christ neglected, wholesome books are uncommon. The themes of my writing are love, self-sacrifice, and honor.

I see my generation turning from God to the gods of this world. I see homes torn apart in the pursuit of pleasure and self-gratification. Children are murdered by the millions every year . . . without ever seeing the world outside their mothers' wombs. Through fiction I strive to encourage those who are willing, to stand against these things and be heroes and heroines; chivalrous, gentle, full of righteous indignation, and the fear and love of their Creator.