Category: News & Notes

The Christmas Flight

It was a few days before Christmas. The trip went reasonably well, and he was ready to go back home. The airport on the other end had turned a tacky red and green, and loudspeakers blared annoying elevator renditions of cherished Christmas carols.

Being someone who took Christmas very seriously, and being slightly tired, he was not in a particularly good mood. (Almost a scrooge) Going to check in his luggage (which, for some reason, had become one suitcase with entirely new clothes), he saw hanging mistletoe. Not real mistletoe, but very cheap plastic with red paint on some of the rounder parts and green paint on some of the flatter and pointer parts, that could be taken for mistletoe only in a very Picasso sort of way.

With a considerable degree of irritation and nowhere else to vent it, he said to the attendant, “Even if we were married, I would not want to kiss you under such a ghastly mockery of mistletoe.”

“Sir, look more closely at where the mistletoe is.”

“Ok, I see that it’s above the luggage scale which is the place you’d have to step forward for a kiss.”

“That’s not why it’s there.”

“Ok, I give up. Why is it there?”

“It’s there so you can kiss your luggage good-bye.”

God’s Wish List (Part 2 of 4)

Grace and peace to you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Thessalonians 2 (NIV)

This has turned into a 4 part series about God and what God wants from us as people. Many will say that I was not completely right or that I missed a few points…I accept that. This is a blog and not a dissertation so someone is going to say something about it because after all we are just people and I expect no less. I am a Christian that only has to answer to God and no one else.

11 Faith means being sure of the things we hope for and knowing that something is real even if we do not see it. Hebrews 11:1 (NCV)

Christians have faith that God is real even though we cannot see God. We humans believe in love yet we cannot see or touch love. Love has no shape or color or texture but we talk about love with such grandeur and we cherish love. We even have thousands upon thousands of books about love but we can never see it touch it or even describe it. Some authors have tried using various analogies to describe love one always different from the other.

If you know love exists even though you cannot touch feel it show it or even see it…then love is real to you. You love your wife or your husband you love your parents and your children but you never see or touch love and yet people would argue that they can. There are numerous expressions of love from kissing to hugging to praying but no one has ever seen love. There are no pictures of love or ancient artifacts of love yet love has existed since the beginning. Then I read this scripture.

Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 1John 4:8 ESV

So then God and love cannot be seen or touched yet both exist. This is the point that the Atheists and Agnostics with grimace faces show their true co-dependency and begin the unquenchable denial of all things mentioned herein. These people would say that love is from the development of human kind in its evolution.  I don’t think Darwin or Freud would touch that one.

Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 1 John 4:7 (NRSV)

Now the uproarious rants of the secular mob could be heard in the distance as they shout for their rights as non believers badgering the Christians with insults and degradation. Apparently the thought that love comes from God is horrifying to some Atheists and Agnostics. To Christians it just makes sense…God loves us and love comes from God because God is love but to the Atheists and Agnostics love exists not because of God which would imply that love is a learned behavior. So the question is “How do people know when they are in love?” Even better “How do people know love?”

God bless all that read this with His love, light, grace, mercy, and wisdom. In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen.

21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. Revelation 22:21 (KJV)