Tuesday, December 27, 2011

An Interesting Christmas...

This year wasn't exactly a "traditional" Christmas. In fact, over the past few years, my family hasn't had one. I'm not saying this is a bad thing. Holidays are incredibly stressful and things don't always work out the way you want them to during special days like this. Nonetheless, this simpler year reminded me of a lot of wonderful things that I might have missed or taken for granted any other year.

I cherish the time I was able to spend with my parents and brother. My mom and I had a great conversation together about family and loving each other in spite of our flaws. My dad and brother went for a nice walk down along the beach at night. It's rare to have moments like...so that may be my favorite memory this holiday.

I also met a certain someone's family this year during their holiday celebration. It was amazing to me to see his family come together and celebrate Christ's birth in such a different way from the way my extended family might. Both are good in their own ways, but I appreciated the focus on Jesus and having time to reflect upon the wonder of what He has done for us. I haven't done that very much lately and it was a good reminder for me.

Luke 2 - The Birth of Jesus

1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register. 4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

Verse 10 is what captures my attention the most. "...I BRING YOU GOOD NEWS THAT WILL CAUSE GREAT JOY FOR ALL THE PEOPLE." Where else would such a statement occur. Good News for EVERYONE. I hope everyone had a blessed Christmas and that the New Year will bring about a lot of joy, encouragement and peace in their lives. This life isn't easy...I know this from my experiences, but it's still good and I have hope that it will continue to get better.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Liver Health Among Asians

It's time for some education about various health issues that may affect someone from an Asian background.  I was reading online that someone recently discovered they were a carrier.  Something like 1 out of every 10 people from an Asian background are affected by Hepatitis B.  If you haven't been tested or are unsure, you should go to the doctor and get this thing figured out!

Stanford has an awesome site about devoted to Asian American health:  http://liver.stanford.edu/.  This is important stuff, so don't delay it.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Trying to fix the Lights

Trying to fix the Lights by kiki5253
Trying to fix the Lights, a photo by kiki5253 on Flickr.

Half of them were burnt out...

Sparkling Ornaments

Sparkling Ornaments by kiki5253
Sparkling Ornaments, a photo by kiki5253 on Flickr.

We're decorating the office today for the holiday. I love lights and colorful/sparking things during this season. It just makes everything so much more festive.

Sacred Sounds of Christmas

This week I went to SPU's annual Christmas concert at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. It's a great way to start the Advent Season. I love the fact that it's in the heart of downtown Seattle. SPU has done a great job at being involved in the community over the years. Dr. Eaton certainly made that possible with the vision of Engaging the Culture and Changing the World. Yes, it's an incredibly cheesy line and the education you receive anywhere, is up to the individual receiving it. We all had a choice as to how much or how little we participated in our education and in our school activities. There are times when I look back and wished I had done more, but now that I'm a staff member, I suppose many of those same opportunities and ideas I learned in college are still available to me.

Anyway...just a few thoughts for the day.