Monday, December 24, 2012

The Penning Board 2012-9

The Penning Board Items of the Week

Vlog: Happy Travels! Thanks for watching! Merry Christmas Eve!!! :)


Movie: "White Christmas" (1954) with Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney and Danny Kaye
This Christmas movie classic is one of my all-time favorites. I can watch it all year long. Of course, I must sing along! 

Interesting News: "New-found tale could be Hans Christian Anderson's"

A discovery has been made in Denmark's National Archives, which is believed to be one of Anderson's early fairy tales. The work is about a candle and is thought to be written when Anderson was 18. What a discovery!

What piece of literature would you love to find? I'd choose another Jane Austen novel. :)

Book: "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas" by Dr. Seuss

This book is a perennial favorite and though comical has such a message. Christmas is not about things--it's about people, hope, perserverance in the face of adversity. It's about love.

Bible Verse: "While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born,  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. 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 that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord." - Luke 2: 6-11

Quote: "To the American People: Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind. To cherish peace and good will, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. If we think on these things, there will be born to us a Savior and over us will shine a star sending its gleam of hope to the world.” - U.S. President Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933) from his Presidential message on December 25, 1927

Song: “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” by Casting Crowns

Me in Germany listening to the bells
Last year, this song spoke volumes to my heart and soul...and it still does. It's a version of this song--based on Longfellow's poem--like you've never heard it. God revealed a message to me of hope through the various church bells I heard while in Germany. This is the message we need more today than ever with all the violence and pain in our world. We need love, hope, and faith. To hear my story, tune in on Wednesday!

Listen to the song here.

"I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" - Casting Crowns Lyrics
I heard the bells on Christmas day
Their old familiar carols play
And mild and sweet their songs repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men

And the bells are ringing (Peace on earth)
Like a choir they're singing (Peace on earth)
In my heart I hear them ( Peace on earth)
Peace on earth, good will to men

And in despair I bowed my head
There is no peace on earth I said
For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men

But the bells are ringing (Peace on earth)
Like a choir singing (Peace on earth)
Does anybody hear them? (Peace on earth)
Peace on earth, good will to men

Then rang the bells more loud and deep
God is not dead, nor does He sleep (He is The Lord)
(He is The Lord)
The dark shall fail, the light prevail
With peace on earth, good will to men

Then ringing singing on its way
The world revolved from night to day
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good will to men

And the bells they're ringing (Peace on earth)
Like a choir they're singing (Peace on earth)
And with our hearts we'll hear them (Peace on earth)
Peace on earth, good will to men

Do you hear the bells they're ringing?
They're like the angels singing
Open up your heart and hear them
Peace on earth, good will to men
Peace on earth, Peace on earth
Peace on earth, Good will to men

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