Plastic wrapped joy

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I got a package in the mail yesterday.  It was particularly exciting because I have not gotten any packages, or any mail for that matter, since I have come to live this year in Denmark.  Also, I was expecting a package from my mum but it ended up being from my grandma Mary Anne.  It was swirled in with a bit of Christmas joy.  Opening the package I found chocolate and pajamas.  Nice pajamas by the way.  The chocolate was also wrapped in bubble wrap which was a plus, not only do I like bubble wrap but I realized how much detail, time and love came with everything in that package from my grandma.  It was truely I blessing.  And I got a cookie which I ate right away.  I still have to call her and thank her.  There were other helpful and things in the package like a American express gift card and postage stamps which I am not sure I will be  able to use here but still say I care for you from my grandma. 

     I have to call her tonight, and some other people too.  I think this has taught me the importance of remembering people and making an initiative to show that you remember, love and think about that person.  Its true charity and it when we do it in the power of the Holy Spirit according to the grace given us it makes us more like Jesus because Jesus never failed to extend his  love  and charity to those who didn’t  realize God loved them. 

     God never forgets about anyone or anything, he is always aware of everything, everywhere, every-time.  Right now he knows he is with me typing this, loving me like he always has.  Have you ever had those times where you just felt or realized God’s  love for you in such a real way it overwhelmed you.  A time  maybe at the altar or in the quietness of your own room.  Maybe you were crying, maybe shouting for joy, maybe trembling in silent reverence and awe, maybe  a smile overcame you from the center of your being  because inside your soul was shouting “He loves me!” and your spirit was dancing.  Right now, He  still loves you that much.  Maybe that will make you jump out of your  seat and praise Him or maybe it will remind you to say again in the depth of your inner  been “I love you too.” 

You are dearly loved always even if we don’t realize it.  In Christmas we have a reminder  in a special way that at the center of history God loved  us that he sent His  son into the world to experience humanity, to show us he loves  us through it all; always, everywhere, every part of our experience, every-time.  If we  look at the contents of this gift, this wonderful awesome Son of Man and remind ourselves to follow his example we might  realize that there  is love even in plastic wrap and  we should be careful to show such detailed affection to our neighbors. 

Any ideas?

Peace and love,

Spencer

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About minuiperiannath

Name: Spencer Wentland College: North Central University Year: Senior Major:Intercultural Studies My story of meeting Jesus in short: Not many weeks after I was born my parents baptized me into the Christian faith at First English Lutheran Church in my hometown, Appleton, WI. There they renewed their promises to renounce the devil and his ways, the world and evil and raise me the same way teaching me to love and fear the Lord, the Lord's Prayer, the Ten Commandments, the Creeds and when of reading age to put the Holy Bible in my hands and all the while, with the church community, instruct me in the Christian faith. My parents weren't perfect but they did fulfill the vows they made at my baptism. I had my own more personal experience with the Lord around the age of seven when I followed Jesus out of the Gospels to a "quiet, lonely place" in my backyard with the hope to do whatever Jesus did there. Without realizing it or ever being taught how to "receive Jesus into your heart" it happened quite like that even seeing a mental vision of Jesus and knowing I need to welcome him into my heart and let him sit on the throne of my life. I've never been the same since then and the Lord has kept his promise to be with me "always." I confirmed what my parents chose for me in a public confession of faith and the ritual of believer's baptism at a local swimming school where the Assemblies of God church my mom attends used to do their baptisms. I've never regretted a life with Jesus; life has always been richer, deeper and fuller because of it. About Me: Ha that's a funny question, and a popular one today. Well, if you really want to know "all about me" you will have to meet me. For starters I am hard to put in simple categories and often find myself tumbling between labels; i.e. introverted and extroverted, strong and weak, intuitive yet a rationalist, introspective and social, unique and individual yet needing people and empathetic. I belong to and am part of the Way and that is probably the most defining important part of my being. (Acts 24:14) As a God lover in the Way of Jesus Christ I long to see and embrace all things and people in his love for his glory. Creative people and places energize me. I enjoy and appreciate art and artists and like to contribute and collaborate in making my own art at times. I need my own time and spend a lot of time in contemplation- this is where I get recharged and new vision and vitality for life. A con of my personality is my ill attempts to understand everything about everything. At the same time I also get energy from others and love to be sociable. I make matrix like connections in my mind and although my comments often are perceived as random too me they are very connected to something. To me connection and harmony are very important and I believe the truth brings that out. The last few years have been filled with learning, studying and meeting wonderful people. Copenhagen, Escanaba, Nagasaki, and now back to Minneapolis! So excited to learn, grow and finish my last year at university! Call: I feel strongly called by the Lord to work and give myself as missionary of love to the Japanese people. As the Lord leads I hope to take a missionary assignment through ELCA Global Mission teaching English and serving in congregational mission and leadership in Japan. Eventually I would like to serve as an apostolic worker planting boiler rooms (missional/monastic communities) around the Japanese archipelago with a bunch of other Jesus lovers in international, incarnational bands of friends. About this blog: This blog is for my Church Administration and Personal Finance class. I'm looking forward to interesting and practical conversation and learning that will help develop my leadership and organizational skills for however and whatever takes shape out of the Lord's call.

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  1. My grandma sent me postage stamps, too, one time.  I can use them cause I’m in the U.S.  oh, by the way, Denmark?! wow! you’re across the world from me. how is it there? why are you there? How’d you come to find yourself there? Can you speak “Denmarkian”? LOL- jk   (ur American, right?)

  2. RYC:  As I stated in my post I am part secular Jewish and only a little religious.  I do believe in G-d though.  I was raised reform.  I do go to temple once in awhile, but now that my kids are adults, not so much.  I would not go to an orthadox synogog ( sp) if I was you, it will be all in Hebrew and everyone prays at different times and they do the rocking thing.  Reform would be good for the first time, since everything is translated into English.  But you might want to get The Jewish Book of Why, it explains a lotabout the religion.  Jesus not only practiced Jewdisum ( sp) he also studied other spiritual practices.  I think in order to understand fully what it means to be Christian or any other religion, one should educate themselves about other beliefs.

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