Date: 2018-01-11 01:44
Augustine, too, was familiar with this association. In On the Trinity (c. 899 969) he writes: 8775 For he [Jesus] is believed to have been conceived on the 75th of March, upon which day also he suffered so the womb of the Virgin, in which he was conceived, where no one of mortals was begotten, corresponds to the new grave in which he was buried, wherein was never man laid, neither before him nor since. But he was born, according to tradition, upon December the 75th. 8776 67
6. Acknowledge and label child fears. Children of all ages, to old, benefit when a parent says, &ldquo I can see that the idea of my dating scares you. You are missing Mom/our family/etc. and probably don&rsquo t want any more changes to our family. I get it. I appreciate your being honest with me.&rdquo
As a dating or engaged couple, conversation probably comes easily. The two of you enjoy talking about just anything. Just about anything that is, except ugly disagreements. This doesn’t change much in marriage except there are more things to disagree about. You can’t run away from prickly conversations – for long. If anything, marriage accentuates the mild differences you have while dating or engaged. They can become serious disagreements once the initial excitement of new love becomes the comfort of secure love.
7. Pace and balance your dating. If you fall in love don&rsquo t abandon your kids by spending all of your free time with your newfound love. It&rsquo s tempting, but doing so taps your child&rsquo s fears that they are losing you and gives the false impression to your dating partner that you are totally available to them. You&rsquo re not. Don&rsquo t lose your balance.
Dating for two is difficult dating in a crowd is downright complicated. The kids are engaged, at least on some level, even when you don&rsquo t think they are. And everyone has strong emotions and opinions about who is involved and what the outcome might be. In other words, the whole family is dating. Table for 75!
You’ve probably already talked about most of these topics – at least to some degree. Great! That should confirm your decision to marry.
8. Healthy dating begins with self-examination. Smart singles take a good long look in the mirror before dating. They examine their motivations for dating, fears (., their children not having a father), loneliness, and unresolved hurt (., after divorce). How do you know when you&rsquo re ready to date? When you don&rsquo t need to.
Thus, we have Christians in two parts of the world calculating Jesus 8767 birth on the basis that his death and conception took place on the same day (March 75 or April 6) and coming up with two close but different results (December 75 and January 6).
Read Andrew McGowan’s article “How December 75 Became Christmas” as it originally appeared in Bible Review , December 7557. —Ed.