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Advent: 5 December (Nthato)

The below has been written by my good friend Nthato. You can find more of his work over here

I amble through fluorescent lit hallways, of a local mall bustling with the activity of ants at a picnic area. A burly fellow in a thick red suit and bristling white beard draping to his chest, smiles amiably as kids rush to sit on his lap. Its boiling hot and everyone is in short sleeves, yet no one questions the woolly suit of the patron saint of reindeers, presents and frequent flyer miles.

Saint Nikolaos of Myra was known for his habit of secret gift-giving, dropping coins in the shoes of those who left them out. Today, it is no longer a gift but more an expectation and not one done out of the goodness and kindness of one’s heart, but out of obligation.

When we think of the free gift of salvation that God offers, one we do not deserve nor is He obligated to give, our current perspective of Christmas moves contrary to that. We no longer celebrate the birth of a Saviour who would gift us His life and perfection when we do not deserve it.

Instead we celebrate a tradition of giving where we have been raised to believe we deserve the gifts. Where we judge our own goodness, present it to this false icon, and deem ourselves worthy. That is not how it should work when “the heart is more deceitful than all else, and is desperately sick; who can understand it?” (Jer 17:9) and when “there is none who does good, there is not even one.” (Rom 3:12).

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The year past and the year to come

How appropriate it is that this year’s New Year’s eve falls on a Thursday. Lending itself to one big Throw back Thursday.
I took a look at my year in summary on this blog and got some really interesting facts. I had a total of 2400 views this year that’s a decent number of humans that stumbled upon my site.  I added 41 (now 42) new posts to the site. That is not a bad number but if you compare it to my drafts however…I then I noticed that I only wrote and published one story of Ke!th this year. Wow so Ke!th is over a year old. If you don’t know what that story is about you can get a vague idea by looking at this link. Keith is a Work in Progress that Nthato and I are working on, hopefully you will see more of that world in 2016. Speaking about works in progress…well that phrase is the name of another project that you can keep your eye out for next year. If you want to see some more stats about this blog check this link

So..what else happened this year? Uh…well I made 42 new friends on facebook, that something right? Interesting that the number 42 to seems to be popping up. It is not on purpose so Don’t Panic. Just keep your towel handy. hitchhiker guide jokes aside. What else happened, a lot happened, life offline was a busy one. I lead a bible study and a family bible hour (adult Sunday school type of thing). I watched my youth group grow and mature as we digested Proverbs together. All of which was very rewarding. The Lord worked in my life in many ways. I have read some great books, had deep conversations and listened to powerful sermons all of which have helped me to grow in faith and have made me a better man than the year before. So I look forward to next year.

What do I, and you dear reader have to look forward to in 2016. I have already mentioned Ke!th, I intended to write and develop this story more with Nthato next year. I also said there is another project called works in progress which you will hear more of next year. I and Nthato are also considering turning a previous collaboration into a book so that might happen real soon. There is also a chance, not a big chance but a chance that I will attempt to partake in NaNoWriMo this year. That is just the creative writing side of things I want to do, there are some other items that I would like to write about but that will come. Somewhere in all of this I am also holding down a full job in IT that requires me to study, and I will be writing an exam for that in this coming year, so if I go quiet for awhile you will know why. On top of all of that I am most excited for the unknown. I’m excited for how the Lord intends to use me within my local church and how intends to use the local church within me.
TLDR; 2015 was a good year but I was not so busy online. 2016 I intended to write a bunch of things so expect to see more of me soon. Thank the Lord for each year as He gives us things to enjoy and chances to glorfy his name.

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