…No, not that President; Ronald Regan in 1981. The blog One Man’s Thoughts reminds us what life was like 28 years ago. Though you still have to go a long way to match Charles Schulz scripting the speech Linus gives in the first Peanuts Christmas special.
The scary thing about the woman who attacked the Pope on Christmas Eve isn’t that she tried the same thing the year before, but that she was wearing the same outfit. Especially when you think she could have been doing something creative, like the Bowen Beer Bottle Band did. Then again, when it comes to Christmas and beer bottles, it would be hard to beat this Chinese project.
A more nobler project however, is the kind Nashville pastor Pete Wilson heard about while watching the news last week, only to discover the people showing kindness were from his own church!
But when it comes to doing good, it’s easy to not see the big picture, have wrong motives, or misplaced priorities. Jumping into the Shoebox debate with what I believe is one of her best blog posts ever, Ruth Wilkinson (who may be related) discusses charity vs. justice and introduces a third possibility — presence — into the mix.
Sadly though, sometimes those who give themselves to the service of others pay the ultimate price. Pray for the family of Little Rock, Arkansas Salvation Army Major Philip Wise who was shot and killed — in front of his three young children — in a Christmas Eve robbery.
And while you’re praying remember blogger Michael Spencer, the Internet Monk, and proprietor of Boars Head Tavern –two of the most popular Christian blogs — as he faces some uncertain health challenges; blogger and pastor Matt Chandler facing a battle with cancer; Canadian blogger and former sports chaplain David Fisher; and Stephen Weber, writer of the Daily Encouragement devotional site recovering from hernia surgery.
See ya back here in 24 hours, Lord willing.