First, Merry Christmas PAX of F3 Rock Region and beyond.
Thank you to the 43 PAX who decided to come out on this warm somewhat wet winter gloom to sharpen iron and Celebrate during our Christmas Eve Convergence. It was a blessing to be with my brothers and facing the gloom together and having a great time doing it.
Darth began the morning with the following in cadence: Side Straddle Hops, Imperial Walkers, Hillbilly Walkers, Merkins, and Squats.
Darth then led us on a mosey over the Town Hall to the Amphitheater where we did the following: We went through some rounds of Dips, Squats, and something else I cannot remember. Then Darth asked us to partner up. Partner 1 was to run up the stairs and down on the other side and Partner 2 was to perform an exercise. Then flapjack. The exercises were 150-Dips, 250-Squats, and 350-LBC’s.
At this point Darth led us up to the Fountain and handed the Q off to Roxanne. He began at the bandstand area and led us in some bombjacks, monkey humpers, jump squats, overhead presses and ripstick squats all in cadence.
Roxanne shared from his heart today. Here he mentioned the verse of the day from one of his phone apps which was Matthew 2:10-11 where it states “When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold, frankincense and myrrh.” Roxanne stated these were the wisest men in the region at that time and they knew what had happened. A King had been born and they came to worship him. This time of year can be busy, but take time to worship the one who is or can be your Savior, Jesus Christ.
Roxanne also shared the story of the Christmas Truce of WWI dated 12/24/1914. The story as Roxanne spoke it is in the NMM.
Then we took a mosey around Fountain Park and ensued more fun. Calf Raises, Toe Poppers, Rinse & Repeat in cadence.
Then we took a mosey over to the other side of the Fountain under the lights for some Nolan Ryan’s, Scorpion Dry Docks, and Gun Slingers in cadence.
Roxanne then took a mosey to the bottom side of the Hot Box and led us in a round of Shoulder Taps, Bombjacks, and Ab Lab. Then YHC was given the Q and we began the following:
I had previously been to the Hot Box in the morning to write out the exercises on the concrete for all PAX to see. The plan was to run up the Hot Box to the top stopping at every level and perform 12-reps of each exercise. Then to go back down the ramps stopping again at each level and performing 12-reps of the exercises. The exercises are as follows beginning at the bottom to the top: Burpees, Merkins, Jump Squats, Flutters (Dbl. Count), Diamond Merkins, Bonnie Blairs (Dbl. Count), Freddy Mercury’s (Dbl. Count), Mike Tyson’s, Lateral Lunges (Dbl. Count), and Burpees at the top.
After we worked until 0724 in the Hot Box we took another mosey back to the COT and arrived just in time for Smiley Face to share the NMM.
Thank you to all the men who posted this morning and to those who were not able to make it. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year! May God bless you with many blessings and joy.
Roxanne: Christmas Truce of 1914
On 12/24/1914 much of the western world had been engaged in a brutal war for 5 months, with roughly 1 million lives lost.
Today we refer to that war as WWI – remembered most for trench warfare and mustard gas. During the 3.5-year war, more than 9 million soldiers were killed, 21 million more were wounded, and close to 10 million civilians were killed or wounded.
On Christmas Eve in 1914, what many thought would be a relatively short war had been raging for months with no end in sight. Much of the fighting at that time was happening in northern France, where it had rained for days on end. British troops were huddled in their muddy trenches roughly 100 yards from the German lines where their soldiers were suffering in the same conditions.
That Christmas Eve night when the rain stopped, the clouds cleared, and the moon came out, a remarkable thing occurred.
German solders began singing. They sang “Stille Nacht” (or Silent Night). The British soldiers did not understand the words. But they recognized the tune and replied with the English version of the carol.
Soldiers on both sides of the killing fields slowly began to emerge from their trenches and cautiously crossed the no-man’s-land (littered with frozen corpses, eviscerated trees, and deep craters). The enemies shook hands, exchanged well wishes, as well as gifts of cigarettes, chocolates, liquor, and other supplies. In some places, the enemies played games of pick-up soccer.
Of course, the fighting resumed (especially after the higher-up military leaders on both sides learned of what happened and quickly quashed the sentiment of peace); they had a war to wage after all. But for that one day in 1914, the Holy Spirit brought peace to the most horrific hell-on-Earth we can imagine.
I call on you to remember this story and the sacrifices made for all of us in the name of peace and freedom. I also challenge you to consider how you can be a bringer of peace in your life – find common ground, consider the humanity of the other guy, and make room for the Peace of Christ that Surpasses All Understanding.
For years I watched Christmas like many do…as a consumer…loving the glitz and glam. Loving the stuff I received, but really loving the attention I received when giving something huge. You know…more than you can afford so it goes on one of many credit cards. The decoration, the parties, the lights, the trees…all the stuff. It makes us happy but what is Christmas all about? Is it the Clause dude, the tree, the food, the music? For many it is.
But the real meaning of Christmas is something very different. It is more exciting than any of the things I mention earlier. It is life changing! And it comes with the opportunity to defeat the bad news. You know the stuff we live with in this messed up world. The crime, violence, selfishness, corruption, lust, greed, pain, suffering, sadness, and loneliness…the sin stuff. We see it and experience it in our lives all the time.
But…it was not always this way. The Bible tells us that in the beginning God created the world good. The world was perfect in every way. And then we had to do it our way allowing sin to enter the world. But this is not how God intended it to be. He meant for us to live lives full of love, joy, peace, hope…you know…fruits of the spirit stuff. Not the fruit of sin stuff. God knew we could not do this by ourselves.
Because God loves us, He created a way for us to return to Him. He came down to earth to save us as a child born of a virgin as prophesied hundreds of years before it happened. This is the good news of Christmas. So, I challenge you to hold on to God’s love and pass it on. Be intentional with your love to Jesus, your family, and your neighbor. Do it every day.
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