Pearl Harbor Day

In honor of the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

To all of who served our country during World War II (and future wars) thank you.

Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Speech in response to
the Japanese Bombing of Pearl Harbor
given 8 December 1941

Merry Christmas

nativity2Merry Christmas!!!

Yep, I said it. Merry Christmas. Merry, Merry Christmas.  Yes, I know that phrase is supposed to be avoided in public settings because it is exclusive and offensive to some.

Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. However I’m tired of those who are trying ruin the Christmas Season.

I’m tired of the thin-skinned people who are offended by anything and everything in the name of diversity, equality and inclusion.  The reasoning is that anything associated with Christmas, especially the greeting Merry Christmas, is offensive and even exclusionary to those who aren’t Christians.   Ironically, those who cry out for diversity and being respectful of all are except towards Christians. It is somehow okay to target and exclude Christians because of our faith.

So, here is the deal for all those politically correct crowd that believe we need safe spaces, taking a stand, and avoid anything that could possibly be offensive — you are missing the point. It is possible to get along with and even be friends with people who don’t agree with you. It is possible to get along with those who stand for things you oppose.

So I’m going to continue saying Merry Christmas. I’m not going to be offended if someone greets me with Happy Holidays or  even just a plain old hi.

Oh, Merry Christmas!!!!

Advent: Peace

Peace seems to be elusive.  We live busy, stressed out lives, especially this time of year. There are a million things to do, presents to buy, events to attend and guests to entertain. It is hard to find even a moment of peace.

Our nation has just endured  one of the most divisive  presidential elections in its history. Police have become targets of violence. Many cities have experienced demonstrations and riots in recent months. It seems that our country  is on the edge and peace is nowhere to be found.

Internationally we are facing a growing threat of terrorism. As the unrest in Syria continues the refugee crises multiplies. Each day brings another disaster. There is no peace.

There is hope. Peace can be found even in a tumultuous  world. We have peace because long ago Christ came into our world.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.   Isaiah 9:6

We have peace because of God’s radical demonstration of love. We have peace be Jesus is Immanuel – God with us.