Tis the Season


I have realized something these past few weeks. It took a bit to sink in but it really solidified for me the night before last as I listened to my children answer that dreaded question “What do you want for Christmas?”

My oldest is easy. He wants the latest XBOX shootem’ up game so he can play with his buddies. No guess work, no wobbling, no problem at all.

My youngest isn’t quite as easy but he does have it nailed down to a general area. He likes R/C stuff. Any kind of R/C stuff. Planes, cars, helicopters, tanks, he’ll take them all. Oh, and of course he wants an iPad too.

Then we have the middle one. My wonderful daughter who is never at a loss for want. As she rambled off her seemingly endless list of wants I found my mind wandering as it sometimes does when I’ve quit listening to the person that is talking. (Yeah, I do that too. ) As she droned on my mind went off in the direction of my thoughts over the last few weeks.

You see, I’ve reached that point in my life where I really have no wants. Sure there are things that I would like to have but I really do not want for anything. I can sit here and look at the path of my life not as ups and downs but as a series of events that have led me here to where I am now. It’s kind of like an old black and white film. There are bits and pieces missing but the major events that formed me are still intact. I have a family that I would envy were it not mine, friends that I truly cherish, and the undeserved grace of God. I really could not ask for, nor do I want for, anything more.

PAX

Matthew 24:3-13

“More inhumanity has been done by man himself than any other of nature’s causes.” – Samuel von Pufendorf 1673

On days like today when I wake up a bit disgusted with the world I have to remind myself that I am exactly where I am supposed to be. That makes it at least bearable if not understandable.

Signs of the End of the Age

3 As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” 4 And Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray. 5 For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet.7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are but the beginning of the birth pains.

9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake.10 And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. 11 And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray.12 And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

The Hypocrisy of Holidays

I feel like I must apologize. Apologize for a society that pretends to recognize things that it really does not.  What am I talking about?  Generally I’m talking about holidays.

We just passed Veterans Day in the United States and it left me wondering what the point was.  I know personally what the point is but do we as a nation still understand why we have holidays?  I remember when the special days actually had meaning.  In those days when we actually sacrificed a little by closing our business and thereby put something else above our own pocketbooks.  Most companies nowadays treat a holiday as any other day only giving enough lip service to it that they can reap the benefits.

Communities no matter how small had celebrations and parades and all sorts of other things.  What happened to those days?  What happened to the parades, the town picnics, and all those other little celebrations?  Those are the things that make holidays special.  Just slapping a label on a day and going about our business as any other day means nothing.  So for that I say I’m sorry.  I say it today, I’ll say it at Thanksgiving, Christmas, July 4th and every other day that is listed as a holiday.

Specifically this day I apologize to our veterans past, present, and future, alive or dead.  I apologize that you live in a country that gives you lip service instead of the recognition they claim you deserve.  I know most of you don’t expect it but that is no excuse for the behavior of those who claim to owe you so much.

May God bless each and every one of you.

PAX