A nice display of what Christmas should be all about. Photo courtesy of voiceable.org
JUST A FEW RANDOM COMMENTS ABOUT THE UPCOMING DAY WHERE OUR LORD AND SAVIOR’S BIRTH IS COMMEMORATED AND CELEBRATED
To state the obvious, it is three days before Christmas as I sit here at the PC writing this.
One overwhelming thought dominates my head at the moment…
Considering all of the bad stuff that’s been going on of late – and this year for that matter:
* The killings by those Muslim extremists in San Bernardino, which being that it was only an hour or so from where I live was too close to home,
* The attack that killed all those folks in Paris in what is essentially France’s 9-11,
* ISIS, or Islamic State, taking over from Al Qaeda in the desire to wipe all who don’t subscribe to their fanatical views off the map,
A light display in Los Angeles, CA, showing that great displays like this can be done in places where it hasn’t snowed since 1954. Photo courtesy of aroundme.com
* The blatant anti-African American racism at the University of Missouri and other colleges and various places across this country; even Steve Harvey, when he announced the wrong contestant as the winner of the recent Miss Universe pageant, had people calling him the “N” word in Twitter posts when it all went down
* The shooting and killing of unarmed black and Latinos by police seemingly increasing,
* The increase in homeless just in the Los Angeles area alone, as I have seen an increase in tents and people in sleeping bags not only in downtown L.A. and skid row, but also in the Westside where I live – which is saying something because the homeless have always been a common sight in that (for the most part) affluent section of town,
* The 1% getting richer while the 99% is getting poorer in general,
This is the one Christmas desire and wish that is needed more than ever:
Now this is a light display that truly shows what this holiday, more than ever, needs to be all about. Photo courtesy of finehomesandliving.com
As I go about my business in my neighborhood, noticing and admiring the holiday lights – something that’s always given me feelings of comfort – and prepare to wrap my gifts and observe my few Christmas traditions of putting in my copy of A Charlie Brown Christmas to watch on the night of December 24th – I think I’ll watch it at midnight, or close to it – listening to my Charlie Brown Christmas Soundtrack CD and another CD called A Winter’s Solstice that features some excellent instrumentals beyond the standard “Jingle Bells” and “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” fare,
The quote from the Gospel of St. Luke about “Peace on Earth, good will toward men (and women, and children, and animals as far as I’m concerned)” is so crucially and desperately needed to be followed.
As well as remembering what this holiday is all about – the birth of a certain baby among cows, goats, and sheep in what is now the West Bank of Palestine who 33 years later would make the ultimate sacrifice for our sins.
And, at the risk of sounding a bit corny and sappy, taking particular care to love one another.
As much as I’d like to, I really can’t think of anything else to say regarding this subject/issue at the moment except for this (again, sorry if it’s a little corny)…
I wish everyone nothing but the Merriest of Christmases, the Happiest of Holidays, and peace.
I like this Christmas tree, all the reds and golds mixed in with the green. Photo courtesy of tripwiremagazine.com