“I put myself in the way of things happening, and they happened.”
(my current view within my home / Julie Cook / 2020)
We are a people of stuff…
We are a stuffy people…
and yes, stuff, our stuff, happens.
I have so much I want to say about stuff.
There is so much to say.
So much to say about the stuff of…
Santas that make kids cry simply because they asked if he could bring them a nerf gun.
Being tired of the ongoing drama over elections in Georgia.
Being weary from all the Europeans, Australians, and South Africans lecturing us US bloggers
about US politics and policies.
Being tired of folks complaining about those who show their Christmas spirit.
Being tired of the shutdowns of restaurants, bars, and small businesses while Hollywood marches on.
Being sick about any and all things China.
Being sick about all things Russian.
Black Lives Matters.
Harry and Megan.
Did I mention wokeness?
Robo political calls.
But I’m afraid that if I start trying to sort out all of this stuff,
I won’t be able to stop…
So instead, allow me to share both an interesting as well as beautiful reflection…
a comment I received yesterday regarding the post I had written about the nuttiness
over the attempts being made by the powers that be
to “cancel” out Christmas—with the argument being if we cancel out Christmas,
we will help with the never-ending flattening of the never-ending pandemic.
This from LightWriters:
Shows us just how closely this all seems to tie into the
anti-Christian communist agenda—virus came from there,
many of the masks we are forced to wear are made there—
Yet, our God laughs at the wicked as we read in the Psalms.
He is greater and many will have an opportunity in this ‘crisis’
to think about the true meaning of snd reason for the season.
Shalom and Blessed Christmas
So instead of trying to begin sorting out all of this insufferable stuff,
allow us rather, during this Advent season, to head toward a deeper space.
A space deep within each of our beings where the ancient piece of the Divine resides.
Where the tender mark of the Creator rests upon the created.
The indelible fingerprint of the master potter permanently engrained
upon the vessel of his creation.
“…And then, just when everything is bearing down on us to such an extent that
we can scarcely withstand it, the Christmas message comes to tell us
that all our ideas are wrong, and that what we take to be evil and dark is
really good and light because it comes from God.
Our eyes are at fault, that is all. God is in the manger, wealth in poverty,
light in darkness, succor in abandonment. No evil can befall us;
whatever men may do to us, they cannot but serve the God who is secretly revealed
as love and rules the world and our lives.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, God is in the Manger: Reflections on Advent and Christmas
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I like your quote from Bonhoeffer: “what we take to be evil and dark is
really good and light because it comes from God”
We are surrounded by the madness of the world, but as Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world.” We must keep our eyes on the prize instead of all the garbage surrounding us. Stuff is nothing compared to Him. Great post. Don’t know how you’re finding time to do this, but so grateful that you are.
Thanks— some days there is a urgent push to write and some days a more quiet nudge— maybe it’s helping to keep me sane!!
Oh, so good, Julie! Just beautiful. You’ve captured the spirit of Christmas so perfectly. In the midst of all our stuff, He comes bearing peace and brings order to our chaos.
I can’t fix any of that stuff, but I do know that sensible Santa showed up with a nerf gun for that kid and he was all excited.I love the fact that some good men saw an injustice however small, and got to work to rectify it. Pretty sure that kid didn’t need his nerf gun as much as the rest of us needed to see a video of the world being made right 🙂
Yeah, the ‘stuff’ is overwhelming—
Peace out of chaos is what I want and need— thank goodness for the logical folks who can make a 4 year old boy still feel a bit of specialness in the midst of confusion
George Carlin had a pretty good routine about stuff. But, most of the stuff on your list is stuff we all could do without… election fraud, canceling Christmas, wokeness. Maybe, just maybe, the true Light of Christmas will shine all the brighter into this world of dark stuff. J.
What a list of everything going on