Is this going to be another Christmas bitch from ACTivist about how Christmas is not being held to his personal standards? Why bother. I would rather tell you about some things that I have both heard and seen during this most wonderful time of year (from my beliefs anyway).
I talked with a very dear and old friend last night for the first time in years (as we get older -read busier-, sometimes we lose track of time and connections–it’s a senior thing). He lives in Mass., home of Romneycare. We caught up on family and things and got around to his job. He spent 35 years with a company and when the company closed down the site where he was employed, rather than transfer or retire, he got laid off. Because of this and not being able to find another suitable job, he put in for his pension. But because he was laid off, his pension did not include medical benefits that he would have normally gotten from “retiring”. As much as I love him, his intellect is “average” at best. Oh, yes, he is very much liberal and believes all the crap his ilk shovel down his throat. Although he can see the logic and rational of issues, he just flat out refuses to leave the comfort zone of liberalism. You know, helping those that won’t help themselves. Savior of the people. Anyway, he calls it ACA (Obamacare being politically incorrect now) and hopes that he can get it and save money. He started explaining (all the liberal talking points) about how good it is. Right now he has no insurance. And if he can’t find a suitable job, he is looking on collecting SS and finds it very difficult to wait for that other saving entitlement, Medicare. Then he started with a jab about if “my” Republicans don’t pass the unemployment protection before Christmas break. This, of course would benefit those 1.3 million hard working Americans (not my quote). I informed my friend that they are not “my” Republicans and that I was kinda hoping that Iran would send some of their “we only want nuclear for our economy” missles and level DC while it is in session. Scratch made cookies always taste better than the common store bought variety. It made my friend take pause. Regardless, he has no insurance and has a bleak outlook on Christmas this year. His problem lies in his focus on what government is going to do for him and not what he can do for himself or, here it comes, asking for GOD’s help.
This sense of need and doom is being felt from many people I interact with. Some downright hate Christmas and can’t wait for it to be over. Some don’t have the money for Christmas (I never see the word “money” of “gifts” in the word “Christmas”). Decorations have been slow in being erected this year. Donations to charities are a bit down because of unforeseen (and unwanted) expenditures that have cropped up. I am even more amazed by some of the new atheists that have recently reared their heads, of whom I was previously unaware of their standing. How does anyone other than a Christian celebrate and enjoy Christmas? Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. The things we do to doom our children for eternity. Anymore I am seeing much woe and dismay associated with this time of year. Gaius and others have stated this season is about family. I say this season is about self. Family and friends can’t make or force us to be one with Christ. Only the individual can do that and hope that others will do the same from emulation and the Holy Spirit.
I have found that my drive is willing but my stamina is at a wane. My handle of ACTivist was coined long ago inadvertently with a lengthy discussion I had with Eugene Delgaudio. Yes, I am an activist but I have found that as we move up in years, we tend to gravitate in one of 2 directions–either closer to GOD or further away. The end of my mortal life will be upon me some day. I find solace in bettering myself and preparing for my judgment. Do I wish the same for everyone? With all my heart but I can’t make anyone else work towards that end. That is why we were given free will. I suggest you hold Christmas to being whatever you wish. Jesus said he wanted no “holiday”, for lack of a better word, to be associated with him. I look to this time of year as a reminder for what needs to happen in our lives, which should be a daily occurrence for all. I have been wrought with what some would call “bad luck” these past 4 weeks, of which great unexpected monetary expenditures have occurred with some of the issues. Some have dimmed the light of moving forward in certain aspects of my goals. I am always reminded that there is always someone else who has it worse than I do and that will always remain true. Mama used to tell me that it was because of a lava rock I retrieved from the ocean in Hawai’i and that the god (or goddess) Palai-la-ti-da or whatever had put a curse on the island rock removal because it being sacred. Well, I only know of one GOD and all others are false. My trials and tribulations are nothing more than circumstances and only solidify me to my faith. I just smile and move forward as best I am able. Think about this during this time of season and, yes, do enjoy family and faith with all your being. Give what you can and do what you can for others whose prayers will ultimately give guidance from GOD to you on how to perform. Touch a life through your own charity; not because you have to but because you are called to. That is the joy of Christmas and everyday throughout the year.
End sermon. Merry Christmas.