I don’t do this very often …
After everything I’d gone through in order to catch that bus,
there was no way in hell I’d fail to do whatever it took to stay on it.
Learning happiness can take you out of your comfort zone.
So, there can be a learning curve as one comes to tolerate and manage greater degrees of happiness and prosperity than one has been accustomed to.
Some time ago, this short, very thin Korean immigrant with shoulder-length gray hair began coming to the shelter. When he first came here, he was in bad shape; he appeared to have no resources at all.
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My second audition file. The sound quality isn’t perfect, but I adjudged not bad enough to prevent posting here.
December 2014 saw a splash of anti-Christian pieces in the media.
There is Steve Siebold’s December 24 HuffPost article, entitled, “Don’t Just Question the 10 Commandments; Question the Entire Bible.” I may respond to that at a later date.
And then there was Jeffrey Tayler’s December 22 Salon.com piece, entitled, “Let’s Make Bill O’Reilly’s Head Explode: We Desperately Need a War on Christmas Lies;” to which I will respond now.
1As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him.”
The disciples want to place blame. Their posture can be referred to as fault-finding, judgment and condemnation. Jesus calls attention to the opportunity to heal, to do good, to make a beginning.
Here is a short list of things I can be grateful for.
|✓||A clean sheet every night*|
|✓||A clean pillow case every night*|
|✓||A blanket every night*|
|✓||A pillow every night*|
|✓||A hot shower every night|
|✓||Clean clothes available every day|
|✓||A good supper every night|
|✓||Financial resources: At this time, anything I want, I can get.
(Anything I can’t get, I don’t want.)
|✓||Moral support from my family, my friends and my church. A ton of people are pulling for me, hoping for my prosperity.|
|✓||The best problems in the world. (See next Wednesday’s post.)|
*(To my knowledge, no other shelter in Baltimore City provides these things. If you don’t bring your own, you sleep on a bare mat. A change in that situation is something to earnestly hope for.)
Originally posted Christmas Eve 2014.
Biting the bullet