Latest Edition: Holiday 2017
Here we go again, Christmas! The time when the Season of Hope is brought closer to us by the harmonious efforts of Automobile Dealers, Toy Companies and International Beer Conglomerates. For those of you who may be thinking that FAITH has taken a back seat to Marketing I have news for you: It ain’t even in the friggin’ car! Moreover, each year they push the season a day earlier so that now we have the first signs of it before Halloween and the “traditional” Christmas television programming airs before Thanksgiving. The longest and loudest arguments I have are about Christmas: Its just for the kids. No it’s not. It’s just a “church” thing. No it is not. Its lost its meaning. No it has NOT. You can’t prove that its true. FAITH is believing in something without verifiable evidence to support it. On and on and on. It’s an argument that can never be won, and eventually I just throw my arms up in surrender, walk away and get on with my life.
Somewhere, sometimes deep I will admit all of us believe in something. Christian, Jew, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh, Wiccan, does it matter? Nope. It only matters that you believe and have a strong faith. There are billions of people that seek a balanced life; one that is peaceful, purposeful and hopeful. And in their faith they maintain the belief they will obtain that. And all the rest? Well, you saw them camped out at the mall a day before the doors opened for the start of the Holiday sales events, ready to spend their last hard-earned dime on crap they didn’t even know they needed or wanted until they saw the ads. For them the true meaning of Christmas is a gluttony of materialism and they will knock someone out to get that last package on the shelf, and of course we will see that on the news again because everyone loves watching a good train wreck.