Moms, Kids, Cars & Such: December 2016
Writing this actually before Thanksgiving on Election Day but with eyes towards December and the holidays, I find myself struggling to somehow tie all of this together for the wonderful readers who might glance this way. Thoughts emerge concerning the present, the future, and then the past, both in the struggles we all face but also with eyes to the blessings in this life no matter our circumstances because good can always be found if we but search for it.
A truck passed today as I ran errands with Daughter and Rooster and the word “Revolution” jumped off the side because that was the word I had pondered earlier. This sign suggested such for the good, which is exactly how I had reflected. With this being Election Day and not knowing the results of the day’s cast votes but hoping for the best in all things, I thought of that starry night so many centuries ago in which the quiet revolution of God emerged in the form of an infant who was silently received by the simple, rejoiced over by the mighty, rejected by the famous and grand, feared by the important, and who totally revolutionized time in such a way that His life is the hinge for many lives and stories of faith. He is quite frankly the Before and the After who caused the comfortable to become disturbed and the poor to have hope. Sometimes even when He is the unsung hero, He is the reason for cause and change; He is the reason for revolutions in life. This baby became the man, the ultimate Savior for the world. His birth started the revolution and His life, death, and resurrection quaked man into fulfillment of being. However, it was a simple beginning and noted by few. Little did the world know! His revolutionary message was that of love, of equality, of charity, of acceptance, of denial of self, and of considering others first.
In the midst of this holiday season, may we ponder the meaning of the revolution for good.
May we come together as a nation without malice but in love for the common good of all. May we never forget the words of a famous patriot Thomas Paine, written 240 years ago in time of crisis in this nation: “These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered, yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly.” In the example of a little baby born over two thousand years ago whose legacy is still with us, may we His brothers and sisters who call ourselves Americans shine brightly as the stars did on that night He came. May our lives reflect His as we work to revolutionize the world for good, His good.
On behalf of Man of Mine, Daughter, Son-in-Love, Miz Lou, Little Man, Rooster, Hero Son, Daughter-in-Love, Amalee, and coming-in-March New Baby Girl, I wish you and yours the holiest Christmas and Holidays with many blessings in this New Year.