“If a tribe of herders imagines that their animals let themselves be killed to nourish the people, could there be a purer model of devotion? This is exactly what Christ did for spiritual food… Human sacrifices, if they were really consented to by the victim, were a pure and exalting example for the whole people… Sacrifice [is] that which renders sacred, that which makes holiness [la sainteté]. Only the victim’s consent can make of sacrifice a truly sacred thing and thus genuinely purifying, a sacrament.”
- Simone Weil, Cahiers, Tome 3.
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Not all people around the world celebrate Thanksgiving as a holiday but everyone should be giving thanks. We ought to be thankful and we should be thanking God often.
Whether you celebrate the holiday or not, choosing to be thankful and to be actively giving thanks things will happen around you that you might not be able to explain. It is like the results that come from following God. There is a return on your investment when your life and focus and heart are set on God.
What might the results be for choosing to be thankful? They are many. here are a few.
Psalm 50:23 NLT
But giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me. If you keep to my path, I will reveal to you the salvation of God.”
Giving thanks is a sacrifice that honors God. Honoring God leads to great rewards in our lives.
2 Corinthians 9:12 NLT
So two good things will result from this ministry of giving—the needs of the believers in Jerusalem will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanks to God.
The results of giving thanks is seen in serving others and your thankfulness leading others to be thankful.
Colossians 3:17 NLT
And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.
Giving thanks is what representatives of Jesus do. People will know who you represent.
Psalm 75:1 NLT
We thank you, O God! We give thanks because you are near. People everywhere tell of your wonderful deeds.
God is near. Thank Him. Stay close. Listen to others sharing what God has done.
1 Timothy 2:1 NLT
I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.
Prayer is part of giving thanks. Prayer leads us there. Thanks leads us to even more prayer.
I will stop there. I wish you a happy Thanksgiving and pray that each of us see the results our choosing to actively be giving thanks!
One day you will have to learn about the other’s choices, how it will affect you or how your acts affects the others.
And you’ll notice that happiness never have been a fair feeling, because it never had been an state to everyone at once, it means differently, and sometimes opposite, things to people.
Running after won’t looks beautiful anymore, there’s no golden path to find happiness. It will be destructive, sometimes selfish… And sometimes it will be an literally sacrifice.
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I see three lessons for disciples in the brief story of this simple pious widow:
1. Proportional Giving. Jesus is teaching us how much we give is related to how much we have earlier, Jesus had died his disciples, “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one weapon entrusted with much, much more will be asked” (Luke 13:48). This principle of proportional giving is at the root of the tithe (10% giving to the Lord) taught in the old testament. Paul reiterates this principle to the Corinthian Church: (1 Corinthians 16:2).
2. Sacrificial Giving. God is watching when we make sacrifices. It does not matter if no one else sees or knows. It is better that they do not. Jesus promises, “your father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you” (Matthew 6:4)
3. Faith-filled Giving. Sometimes we fall under the worldly spell that “bigger must be better.” That’s not true of our giving to god. We are to give what we are able, whether small or great. If you’ve ever been poor, then you know that it is easy to feel, “My small gift won’t make any difference. It won’t matter.” But that’s not true period it does matter to the Heavenly Father who loves you.
Relationships: Associated with Awilix (goddess of the night) and Jacawitz (god of fire & mountains)
Epithets: Patron of the K’iche People, Our Lord Deer
Worship: There were a temple and a shrine built for him at the capital city of the K’iche people, also called Jacawitz. Later, the main temple to Tohil was built in Q’umarkaj, the new capital. This temple was the tallest structure in the city; Offerings of blood were made to him on the day called Toh, one of the days of the Mayan 20-day calendar cycle; The K’iche also performed the “Great Dance of Tohil” during the month of Tz’ikin Q’ij, before the maize harvest. This dance took place at Q’umarkaj, where they would also bring human sacrifices for Tohil. According to once source, during these human sacrifice ceremonies, the sacrifice was tied up in front of the idol of Tohil before the priest would cut open their chest and remove their heart. However, this description is dubious because it was written by a priest from Spain that likely had the agenda of converting the K’iche community to Catholicism; During other ceremonies, the K’iche would offer feathers of the quetzal bird to Tohil; The god’s priests were called Aj Tohil.
Are you sacrificing who you are in order to keep them in your life?
As the nation melts down again and hoardes toilet paper and paper towels, there’s a beacon of light called the U.S. Military (military members, their spouses, and dependents). Follow their exanple…be better humans. *sermon complete*
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The blurred line between astral and physical has been severed. The wind blew through all those who bore witness to the severance. To our strugglers out at sea, the walking fissures into the astral plane, the wind washed over them as well as an unshakable feeling that their battles were only beginning.
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Want to lay any bets about American stupidity, and it’s aftermath? It’s just a few holidays we’re being asked to skip for safety’s sake–it’s not like we’re being asked to sacrifice a foot.
Wood Duck 02 05/15/2014 – Bass Lake,
Blue Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock, North Carolina
We are here to serve our destiny–
to be who we are,
doing what is ours to do,
without contriving to have our way,
or to get what we want,
or to turn things to our
just to be who we are
and do what is ours to do
for no other reason than because
that is who we are
and that is what is ours to do.
In each situation as it arises,
all our life long.
Our destiny is the rough equivalent
of a caste system,
the only difference being
that no one can tell us what
our destiny is
by virtue of the circumstances
of our birth.
No one can tell us what our destiny is.
That is ours only to know
Only I know what is “me.”
Only you know what is “you.”
Joseph Campbell said,
“We know when we are on the beam,
and when we are off of it.”
We know what is ours to do
when we see it.
We know it is talking to us
when it calls our name.
Of course, most of us have other ideas.
We have our preferences
and our dreams for our life.
The trouble is that our life
probably has other ideas for us.
This gets us to the heart of,
“Not my will, but thine, be done!”
Our life’s will for us
can be like a crucifixion,
to our wants/wishes for ourselves
in swearing filial allegiance
and liege loyalty to our destiny
and our life’s will for us.
This is the story of the Garden of Eden
and the Garden of Gethsemane.
Who is the final authority
determining how our life is to be lived?
Is it us?
Or our life, our destiny?
Our answer to that question
determines everything that follows.
“The crown is not just an ornament to be worn.
It is a privilege and a burden.“