In light of the unspeakable event in Newtown, Conn. last week, I came to a sad realization that sometimes our heroes only get the recognition they deserve after they have left us.
So, to the maintenance staff, the aides, the teachers, coaches, office staff, administrators and the many school volunteers, thank you.
Thank you for being there every day for our kids. Thank you for your care and compassion. Thank you for giving us peace of minding knowing that if, heaven forbid, something happens at our school like it did in Newtown, you would do whatever is in your power to keep our kids safe, even if it means harm to you.
Thank you for all you do. Thanks for being our heroes.
Are you missing Christmas?
In a few days the world will celebrate Christmas, but the majority of people will miss Christmas because they are unwilling to give up the throne of their life to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He’s coming again soon!
King Herold missed Christmas. He knew a special King was born. He called in the wise men who knew the prophecies and then he became agitated, filled with hate because he didn’t want to lose his throne. He loved being a BULLY. So in his satanic madness he had all the children under 2 years of age killed. But God’s plan wouldn’t be foiled by a man. Herod’s madness grew as he aged. Five days before he died he had all his relatives killed so none of them could take his throne. He had all the distinguished people of Jerusalem imprisoned and ordered them slaughtered the moment he died. He drove himself insane worrying about "losing his throne."
Our world today is filled with Herods and Herodiuses, people who are worried into madness about "losing their thrones." The word LOVE is nowhere to be found in their heart, only ME, ME, ME. They don’t want anyone or anything to interfere with their career, their position, their power, their ambition, their plans or their lifestyle. So they line up people to slaughter with their hatred: their babies, their families, their friends, their employees, their soldiers. No one or nothing will take their throne or their ego. So they think!
But God said human life is like the flower in the field -- it is here today, gone tomorrow. Like King Herod, the grim reaper, the king of terror, awaits all of us and then comes the judgment. And no one knows the day the grim reaper will swing his sickle and cut us down.
So my prayer is that this Christmas everyone will turn their lives over to Jesus. Then we could see some "Peace on Earth, Good Will to Men."
Jesus in the age of technology
We live in an age of technology. Technology has been a marvelous creation, in all its forms, to better advance our lives in many ways. Yet, it has also disconnected us in many ways from the very fiber of our knowing and belonging to that which is human.
But... how we remember! We remember what it was to unfold the creased pages of a letter. Written and folded, thoughtfully and with great care, by someone who cared about us. Someone who cared enough to sit silently and write with their own had, words of greeting, tiding, good news or bad. We greatly anticipated the news the page or pages would bring. Many cries of joy and tears of sorrow slipped from our lips when learning the pages’ meaning.
Or the phone calls! How our hearts would quicken at the thought of someone calling us to send a greeting of "Happy Birthday" or "It’s a boy" or "It’s a girl." Oh my, the sound of the human voice! How wonderful, how enjoyable, how complex.
The please of human contact. Looking a person "in the eye" and having them look back at us, talking, gesturing, nodding, smiling or frowning. Seeing the other person display laughter or pain in their eyes, feeling the warmth in their touch, sensing their body language and knowing innately what they might be feeling.
Because we are human and, for the eons before our knowledge, humankind has sensed, learned and felt the nuances of human behavior and communication, we have felt a touch and inherently known its meaning. We understand deep within, because of our humanness created by God. We understand we are weak, but are strengthened by touch, eye contact and the warmth of others.
God brought Jesus to us in human form because he knew the love of Jesus, human and humble, could imprint the love of God on mankind. God created us. He understood us. He knew what we needed. He is the Creator and through Him we were blessed by His Son to come to understand the importance of touching and loving those near us. Jesus felt love and great pain. He also felt sympathy and sorrow. He became human and experienced human emotions. Jesus was sent to earth to bring us "good news" -- to help us understand that we need God. We can only get to God through Jesus Christ, our Savior. Christ, the perfect one without blemish, was hung on a cross to suffer and die for us, imperfect as we are. He was betrayed by those closest to him, mocked, scorned and belittled.He trusted His Father. God, the Beginning and the End, knew that only His Son, in human form, could make mankind understand our weaknesses and our strengths.
Technology can be used to deliver powerful messages to receive the Blessings of Jesus. Use it as a means to stay connected to those around you. God delivers powerful messages to us through technology. Don’t forget the "human component" in that process.
Recently, I received two CDs from my friend and author, Fern Nilson, about the birth and death of Christ. Even though I have been a Christian for many years, it literally brought to life the story for me in a new and exciting way. It is an incredible example of technology sending the message of Christ in a way I had not experienced. Jesus conveyed perfect love in human form. Listening to the story, as Fern told it, makes me want to be more Christ-like and less childlike. I want to be more giving and expect less. I am going to pray more. I want others to be curious about my faith. I am going to welcome questions. It may bring an unbeliever to Christ. I am going to look a fellow sinner in the eye and say "Peace be with you!" ... and mean it. I am going to go out of my way to be kind. I am going to love the unlovable. I am going to give more hugs. I am going to give the gift that Fern created, using technology, to convey the message of Jesus and what His life and death means to us.
I highly recommend the CDs Fern created in her own way to tell the age-old story of Christ. Listen to it. Get copies for your loved ones and friends. Make a copy available at your place of work. Help God spread the message about His Son through technology. What a wonderful and simple way to do so!
Merry Christmas and peace be with you.
Take time for prayer this Thanksgiving
As we enjoy the Thanksgiving Day weekend with family and friends, please remember to take time for prayer to thank our heavenly Father for our lives, our freedom and His bountiful blessings. Everything we have comes from our Lord and Savior, yet too often we do not take enough time to humble ourselves and thank Him.
Prayer has always been used in this country for guidance, protection and strength; even before we were a nation or a handful of colonies. The Pilgrims at Plymouth relied on prayer during their first and darkest winter. Our founding fathers also called for prayer during the Constitutional Convention. In their eyes, our recently created nation and freedoms were a direct gift from God. And being a gift from God, there was only one way to ensure protection and that was through prayer.
Our quality of life is a direct result of our spiritual strength as a community. Prayer needs to guide us and our leaders in our daily lives and our decisions. We must ask the Lord to bless our leaders with wisdom and protection, and that they will have the fortitude to overcome the challenges at hand.
"Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord." Psalm 33:12
Prayer has remained such an important part of our country that in 1952 Congress passed a law declaring the first Thursday of May as National Day of Prayer. Its constitutionality has survived several court challenges and the President signs a proclamation each year encouraging all Americans to pray on that day. Next year it will be observed on May 2, 2013.
For the past 21 years, our community has participated in National Day of Prayer with a breakfast and an evening prayer session organized by a committee of lay persons from a number of our churches. As a committee, we are reaching out to Hamilton County and asking for others to join the committee to ensure the continuance of these important and powerful prayer events.
As you pray, please ask for guidance on how you can support prayer in our community. If serving Him through National Day of Prayer is part of your answer, please contact Tom or Patti Kell at (402) 694-6370 or one of our other committee members: Cal Strong, Shane Thorell or Lisa Werner.
Amendment helps preserve freedom
The Second Amendment is very important. If we lose it, the rest of the amendments will fall like dominos. Our freedom will be gone forever.
The enemies and thieves will be overjoyed and enemies of freedom will love it.
The Native Americans lost their land because they fought each other. A house divided will fall.
Freedom and unity have to be so we can enjoy our American way of life. People kill people, not guns.