Month: December 2016

The possum Chronicals – Christmas Edition

December 22nd, 6:15pm
A host of possums positioned themselves on top of the barn, looking, gazing, hypothesizing about the road.

Look there’s another one! (Havsum)

And another… (Daresum)

What are those lights Grissum? (Jensum)

Don’t know, but they seem to be lining the road. (Grissum)

They are Possum Ghost! (Knowsum) Coming back from the dead because of an improper burial!

What are you talking about? (Havsum)

Well, just a few weeks ago when all our friends, relatives and loved ones died on the road, we let the humans clean them up instead of going out there and dragging them off the road and buryin them proper… They are up set and now they have come back to search us out, to find us and torment us…. THE END IS HERE! (Knowsum)

Oh please… (Havsum)

What if he’s right…. they could becoming for us… and they would know! (Jensum)

Know what? (Newsum)

That we are playing dead! They know our secret! (Jensum)

There were more lights appearing… now they lined both sides of the road.

Grissum began to leave the roof…

Where are you going? (Daresum)

I am going to get a closer look. (Grissum)

Well I am going with you…. (Daresum)

You two are crazy! I’m staying right here! (Knowsum)

December 22nd, at 6:49pm
A “flock” of possums pass by Grissum and Daresum, running away from the road… screams, hisses, panic sounds emerge from the group…

Something about…. they’re back… the “spirits of the possums have come to haunt us”….

Grissum and Daresum ignore them and head on toward the road.

December 22nd, 7:03pm.
Grissum and Daresum make it to the road…. they see the lights and walk toward them.

December 22nd at 6:59pm
Jensum, Newsum and Dumsum made it to the road.

Carefully and slowly they crept toward the “lights”
December 22nd at 7:04 and 48 seconds….
A loud shout came comes from behind Jensum, Newsum and Dumsum…

“how did you three get here so quick?” (Daresum)

Startled each swings around, losing their bearings….

many lights are tipped over…….. which in reality… are bags with candles in them. As the bags were turn over — from the commotion of the trio…. they catch on fire…

Jensum’s – who is still not in control – catches his tail on fire… the pain radiates through his body, he hops, dances and wiggles trying to put the fire out…

screams, and hissing
December 22nd at 6:09 PM
Jensum …..

Screaming and hissing loudly ……. hopping and dancing about on the roof.
Newsum grabs Jensum and shakes Him…

“Wake Up… Wake Up!!! Jensum WAKE UP!” (Newsum)

Jensum comes out of his sleep while saying….

“My Tail is on fire!!!!”

Newsum smacks him….

You don’t have a tale! (Newsum)

Memories flood the mind.

Jensum attacks…

Problem… They’re on a roof.

A metal roof…



Two thuds.

December 22nd, 6:15pm
A host of possums positioned themselves on top of the barn, looking, gazing, hypothesizing about the road…..




Every morning with my Peanut-Butter Toast and Pepsi Max I read morning news on my iPad from various sources.  It seems this week they are fearful… here are a few of the headlines from the past two days… They are in no specific order because the order of what I have listed is not the point…

Here we go…

“Stock, bond markets could see sharp declines: Us Financial watchdog” Reuters

“Civilians killed in ‘complete meltdown of humanity’ in Aleppo:U.N.” NBC News

“Contenders for U.S. diplomatic jobs under Trump face Senate resistance” Reuters

“Democrats Demand Multiple Probes Of Russian Hacking” The Huffington Post

“ISIL leaders involved in Paris attack killed in precision strike in Syria” USA Today

“Trump and Russia critics fear Rex Tillerson will upend European relations” The Guardian: US News

“Bob Corker plans to launch new hacking inquiry” CNN

“Climate activist troll Trump by projecting images of rising sea levels on one of his buildings” Business Insider

“Democratic electors expand call for intelligence briefing” Politico

“Double Standard? Media warn Trump could exploit US ‘propaganda’ arm – under bipartisan law” Fox News

“Survey reveals what Americans fear the most” USA Today

“U.S. intelligence officials say Russian hack “prioritized’ Democrats”  The Washington Post

“Crisis Mode Sweden prepares for war with Russia amid fears Putin is readying an attack.” Daily Express

“Trump team challenges intel on Russian election influence” AP

“Top GOP leaders back congressional probes of Russia hacking” AP

So this Christmas the message TO us from our friends in the news media world is to fear and worry…

But God has a different message FOR us….

“Fear not, for behold I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11

And no trumped up fear mongoling or official investigation will ever change that truth.

“Glory to God in the Highest and on earth peace among those whom he is pleased!” Luke 2:14



Thank You

Just wanted to take a moment and say thank you to some people who helped organize and help run last nights performance
Angie York who helped with K- 5th graders and Daniel York who helped her last night
Coleen Shore Walker and Alyssa Claire York Who took on the preschoolers and did a wonderful job with them.
Ben Miller and Nicole Brande – who not only lead the worship team (and we are thankful for them playing last night) but helped with the kids and their music.
Seth Parnell Heather Parnell Tonia Carter Cornett and Magan Carter – who taught and lead the teenagers they did a great job.
For Bryan Lakey who came and helped with sound last night and Scott Johnson – who step in and ran the tech side of things last evening – these background people made the program look good, and made it flow very well.
For Jimmy Phipps and Sonia Potts Phipps who made sure our finger food fellowship was organized.
And finally for each performer and person who stepped in to fill in any holes that came up – thank you for being flexible (you know who you are)
Without these people stepping up to help the program would not have worked. It was a great christmas worship service last night…
So this Christmas season – Behold the Lamb of God – the Lamb who was born in a stable and then would later shed his blood so God’s Judgement would “passover” us.
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