And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2: 8-12 (NIV)
I am working hard at staying in the spirit this year. Truthfully though, it has been a struggle just keeping my mind on what is important. I sense it from others too.
This time of the year I like to sit and ponder the past and the good things. Even if I perceive that I had a bad year, I can always find more good things that happened than bad ones. It is odd how that works out, but it always does. Give it a try sometime. In my future and the country’s, the odds tell me that there is more good ahead than bad. The problem is I have a gnawing sensation in my gut telling me that might not be so next year.
Maybe I am spending too much time pondering the problems I see and too little time pondering what is right and good about our country and the lives we are blessed to have. No matter what we see as going awry with our country at present, it is still ours and is still the freest most prosperous nation that God ever allowed to exist. Just flip the switch on the television and you can see turmoil across the world caused by failed socialist experiments. The same problems are heading our way unless we turn back in the right direction and I am not referring to the political right direction.
This time each year, some of us celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and all that means to each of us personally and to our world. Some of us are beholden to other things – mostly material. I am human too and I know that some of my email antagonists may disagree with that self-assessment. As such, there are things out there that I believe I want, but do not need and certainly will never be financially wealthy enough to have, unless I choose to max out a few gold and platinum cards and acquire loans I could never repay. Yep, I can have many things that I will not take with me when I leave this existence whether that expensive GPS has a northerly or southerly route plotted out for me. I do have the security to know that I can always call the 800 let us get rid of all of your debts number and someone will promise to clear my over indulgences – for a small fee of course. And I should call right now for operators are standing by with a special holiday free evaluation of all of my problems.
I have a question for you. Do you know of anyone who is offended when they get a Christmas gift? Me neither. They are not too concerned with what you call it as long as you deliver the loot. Why is it then that people, faceless and nameless most of them, claim to be offended by Christmas trees or a greeting of Merry Christmas? I cannot think of anyone offended by that, but it is so preached to us that we have to be sensitive to other religions and to atheists that political correctness is choking the life out of our nation and the true meaning out of this time.
There is something out there that all of us and our country needs. Not all of us admit to wanting or needing it. It requires no wealth. It will not cost you any money except what you may desire to give away to others. You will have to make that call however and there is no holiday special. This special runs every day 24/7. There is only one operator, but you will never get a busy signal or a pushy sales pitch. The operator is a great listener. He will solve your problems. But, you do have to call and ask for His help.
Have a Merry Christmas everyone, especially to the members of the United States Armed Forces serving on our behalf around world. May God bless you each one.