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A Relient K Christmas

One of the things I look forward to the most at this Christmas-time of year, is the music. Popping in a CD of my favorite mix of Christmas tunes takes me back to Christmases long, long ago as well as the seasons most recently passed. Music is one of those common threads onto which you can latch another year of created memories.

From the 40’s and 50’s favorites such as “Santa Baby” by Eartha Kitt and “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby to the more recent “All I Want For Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey, each song elicits everything from a laugh and a giggle to a smile and a tear. One of the songs that causes me the most tears, yet I still listen to it over and over, is Amy Grant’s “Grown-Up Christmas List.” On the opposite end of the spectrum is one that is not technically a Christmas song, but one that I play repeatedly because of my Texas roots longing for some snow, is Dean Martin’s “It’s a Marshmallow World in the Winter.”

Between these extremes of unselfishly longing for all the problems in the world to be resolved and selfishly longing for snow that won’t melt when it hits the ground, lies a song of personal introspection; a song that I not only listen to repeatedly, but I love to share with others.  I want to see if it will prompt them to think the way it makes me think… long, hard, and deep.  


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Christmas preparation for the busy soul

When did stress and Christmas become so closely linked? 

Few of us set out to overcrowd our schedules, spend too much, eat way too much, or see the season go by so fast that all we retain are blurred memories of no particular quality. We end up in January, vaguely let down and aware that we have somehow (again) missed the point – the joy of our Savior’s birth and its implications for Christians all over the world.

I was determined not to let that happen this year, so I am going to try a couple of things.

  1. Plan ahead
  2. Re-orient my viewpoint

The first idea is one I read about in a waiting room magazine article. Before the holiday season began (for many of us, that’s before Thanksgiving, although it’s still not too late) I sat down with my family and a calendar.


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How should we then speak?

Guns, race, rights, religion, politics, patriotism, freedom, equality, justice – Woof. Can we talk about these things? Should we talk about them? How do we talk about them? Who should we talk about them with? 

Talking is hard. For some it is literally difficult. Heck, I have a speech impediment that can turn the burger chain “Red Robin” into “Wed Wobin” if I am over-tired or talking too fast. Honest conversation about complex, nuanced issues with people of differing perspectives is even more challenging.  

Nonetheless, we all implicitly know the need to have conversations, to see others perspectives. We see the need in the way we parent: “Johnny, how would you feel if Suzy took your train while you were playing with it?” “Timmy, how do you think that made Betty feel?” “Use your words.” We train children from a young age to see others’ perspective, to empathize, and to converse. 

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A Fish story that’s not…

Fish story and fish tale: idioms for “an improbable, boastful exaggeration.”
 
At first glance, the greatest fish story ever told, seems to fit that description. Not the one about Moby Dick, nor those most excellent fish tales of the great catch that almost sank a boat or a few fish that fed thousands. I’m referring to the one that is a whale of a tale, though probably not actually about a whale. I’m referring to
Jonah’s fish story.
 
Jonah was the first book of the Bible that I ever memorized. Not a great boast, since I’ve only memorized two of the 66 books so far, but nonetheless, my first and my favorite. I love this story, this very true story. Jesus paralleled Jonah’s three days in the great fish with his own three days in the grave, verifying and validating the truth of this amazing bit of biblical history.

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The Man who created Harvey Weinstein

Lots of ink – literally and figuratively – has been spilled the last couple weeks over disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. There’s no need to rehash what has been covered over and over and over again, in greater detail than many of us would care to know. Numerous theories have been proposed as to how he grew into the poster child for sexual assault. That’s something worth considering, for the sake of our sons and daughters. Who created Harvey Weinstein?

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