What are you going to do with 83,000

«Do not be mistaken»

On December 20, 1908 in Messina, Sicily, the following poem appeared in a joke sheet: “O you little child, who is not only true man, no, also true God wants to be: for the sake of your cross we desire to hear your voice. Testify to us who are alive. Send us an earthquake! "

On December 20, 1908, the following poem appeared in a joke sheet in Messina, Sicily: “O you little child, who is not only true man, no, also true God wants to be: for the sake of your cross we desire to hear your voice. Testify to us who are alive. Send us an earthquake! "

On December 28, 1908, the city of Messina was struck by a terrible earthquake. Of the 150,000 inhabitants, 83,000 were killed. The writer's entire family was killed. He himself survived the earthquake and went mad.

«Do not be mistaken! God can not be fooled!" (Galatians 6: 7).

Dear Reader, Sometimes it can be very dangerous to make fun of God. The next verse is: "For what a person sows, that he will reap." (Galatians 6: 8).

Have you ever sown bean seeds in spring and harvested tomatoes in summer? Or did you sow corn and harvest potatoes? No? That would be crazy too. You reap what you sow. It is the law of sowing and reaping. Well, you ask, what does that have to do with Advent and Christmas time? Our families and relationships are also constantly sown. The question is what are you sowing?

Do you sow strife, discord and slander? Or do you sow truth, reconciliation and love?

Here, too, what you sow, you will reap.

Many people want to experience a nice, peaceful Christmas with their relatives and loved ones. Gifts and good food can help make that happen. But the most important thing is that we get on well with each other. And the Bible has a lot to say about this. I would like to cite two examples, one from the Old Testament and one from the New Testament: “Some people's words are like stabbing; the words of wise people bring healing. " (Proverbs 12:18).

«Don't let any poisonous word escape your lips! It is better to see that you have a good word for the others, where it is necessary, that helps and is good for those who hear it. " (Ephesians 4:29).

Constant nagging or making fun of yourself, sarcastic, poisonous and ironic sayings are of little use in a time when you are otherwise thin-skinned enough. But a helpful, good word at the right time can work wonders.

It could be that the Christmas menu fails, the Christmas tree looks terrible and the Christmas spirit is screwed up. Then just take your partner in your arms again and say: I thank God that you exist, I don't want to live without you! With this in mind, dear reader, I wish you a Merry Christmas!

«Make no mistake! God does not allow himself to be mocked! Because what a person sows he will reap. " (Galatians 6: 7-8).