Month: December 2013

New Year and Years Past

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This year is almost gone…it makes you wonder what the new year holds. Here is my view of some of the years gone by…and I must add that they went by mighty fast!

When our children were small and so sweet and precious, I thought that no time in life could be as good as this.
Then they started growing up and their activities multiplied and we were on the road a lot trying to take in all their activities…and I thought that no time in life would ever be as good as this!

Well they were almost grown up and we were so proud of them. Their values echoed our values and it was then that, finally, I began to know that there would be other good times.

When they grew up and moved a few hundred miles away, I would stand at the window to watch for them when we were expecting them. I could see headlights top the hill about a mile west of us and I would stand at the window to see if the car would turn south at the next hill. Sometimes it did…sometimes it kept going east…but when the car came under the street lights a couple of blocks from our house, I could tell if it was their car and I would turn on the porch light for them and be ready to hug them. I would stand and watch for hours. It was about a 7 hour drive for them and I would start watching at eleven P.M., just in case they got to leave a little earlier than planned,

Then the grandchildren came and what a grand time that was! We were busy going to their activities as they were growing up and it was so good to watch them as they excelled in lots of things they did. They are grown now and their values echo their parents’ values and when they come, we are not situated geographically where we can watch for their headlights…we just have to be content with their cars pulling up in our driveway…but it seems that no time in life can top this either.

The sad times in our lives besides the passing away of both our parents was our daughter passing away at the age of 32, in 1990. We had a hard time coming to grips with losing her but so many prayers of our Christian brothers and sisters helped tremendously. Now she is in our hearts so much, it hardly seems she’s gone from us at times. We speak of her often and it helps.

Now our son has gone through all these phases in his life…one of them being the ‘empty nest syndrome‘, which is the most distasteful of them all, (except for the death of a child) …but it has to be endured for the next phase to come around.

Then came the phase of his and Kathy’s grandchildren…4 of them so far! I’m excited for him and Kathy! I’m excited for us!

Every phase of life has its great moments, its griefs and its missions. We don’t know what the future holds, but we know Who holds the future and we are going to rush into it with faith in God, without fear, and with great anticipation…knowing that it still holds a lot of things that we have never experienced before!

Jeremiah 9:24: “…but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the LORD.”

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2013 in review

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A MODERN DAY IDOL: By Wendell Ingram

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When I was about 20 years old, living in Borger, TX and worshiping with the church there, I served as one of the bus drivers in the bus ministry. We had a fantastic work, running four buses with as many as 130 children being brought to the assembly from the community. We sang, played Bible games and had a Bible lesson for the children on the bus as we picked them up and took them home.

As you can imagine, with 30 to 40 children on each bus, discipline was quite often a problem and the teachers used many tactics to control the children. It was on one of these trips in mid December that I had an epiphany (a sudden flash of recognition and insight) concerning a character that is very popular this time of year.

In an attempt to get the kids’ attention and keep them quiet, the teacher made the statement many times during this trip: “Santa Claus is watching you!”

As I thought about the statement this teacher made and the characteristics “Santa Claus” is said to possess, it dawned on me that our society has truly created a “modern day idol”. Throughout the year we had been teaching these children about the all seeing, all knowing, all powerful God of the Bible and Jesus Christ, His Son, but now in the month of December, we were calling on the children to remember another “divine (?) being” who was watching them, “Santa Claus”.

Have you ever considered the divine characteristics that are attributed to “Santa Claus”? He is “ALL SEEING”, as the song goes. “He sees you when you are sleeping. He knows when you’re awake” He is ALL KNOWING, “He knows if you’ve been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake?” “He is ALL POWERFUL. Controlling time, he is able to visit every home in the world in a single night. Defying the laws of gravity, he travels around the world in a flying sleigh. He is the GIVER OF GIFTS.”

Children are encouraged to ask “Santa Claus” for what they want and we ask children, “What did Santa Claus bring you?” He is the essence of GOODNESS. He is the “spirit of Christmas”, and he lives in a place of magical wonder where everything is beautiful and good.

God spoke these words in the first of the Ten Commandments, “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me. Exodus 20:2-3. Have you ever wondered what God must think when parents lead their children to believe in this fictional character that possesses a divine nature?

We are told in James 1:17, EVery good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly light… Have you ever wondered what God must think when parents encourage their children to ask “Santa Claus” for what they want, and then lead their children to believe that Santa Claus is the one who has granted their request?

Parents are to be the most trusted individuals in a child’s life. Children readily accept the word of their parents without question. Most if not all, of a young child’s belief system is based on the information they receive from their parents. When children are led to believe in “Santa Claus”, what happens when their peers begin to tease them for believing in a fictional character?

What happens when they run to their parents for reassurance in their belief, only to have their parents reveal that this character, “Santa Claus”, in which they led them to believe, does not really exist? What does this do to their belief system. What does this do to the trust they once had in the word of their parents? What does this do for the parent’s credibility and integrity in the eyes of their child? What does it do to their concept of honesty?

There is also another consideration. What effect might this have on children when later in their teen years they face challenges to their belief in God? If children have found that their parents were not truthful about “Santa Claus”, how can they be sure their parents have been truthful about God Almighty?

As Kathy and I raised our children, one thing we would not tolerate from them was dishonesty. We wanted them to always be truthful with us and we were always truthful with them.

We enjoyed playing the games of “Santa Claus” and the “Tooth Fairy” with our children, but we always impressed upon them the “truth”, that these characters were make believe and not real. We never wanted our children to believe in a fictional character. We wanted our children to grow up with an unwavering faith in the One and only true God, Who alone is GOOD, Who alone is ALL SEEING, ALL KNOWING, and ALL POWERFUL…Who alone is the “GIVER OF ALL GOOD THINGS”.      By Wendell Ingram

 

WHAT WERE WE DOING…IN 1973???

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In 1973 when our United States Supreme Court made the decision that abortion

was ok, a lot of us were simply bowled over and nauseated by that news. 

What were we all doing that the side of the babies was not brought up more?

I always comforted myself with the idea that I was in my rightful place,

doing exactly what I was supposed to be doing…being a full-time homemaker,

wife, and mother to two darling children…( the little babes in the picture

were  ages 17 and 15 in 1973)

but the past few years am finally beginning

to wonder (too late of course)  if there were not more I could

have done besides writing congress a few letters and subscribing

to a few anti-abortion papers. 

May God have mercy on us

and may 2014-16 find our nation finally

looking up to Him for the answers…and may

we listen to Him…

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