My Rule for Life

I would rather live my life as if there is a God, and die to find out there isn't, than live my life as if there isn't, and die to find out there is.

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

NOT....A Conservative Outrage

Well Christmas has come and gone. The children and the grandchildren have returned to their homes and mother and I are here alone again, empty nesters. It seems so quite. Too much food, too many presents, never too many family, but it has got me thinking. More often than not, this is not a good sign. I am the patriarch of my family and my wife is the matriarch of hers. Although we emulated the giving of gifts as did the wisemen did we do enough. Probably not. I ask you, Did you do enough?

On Christmas eve I found myself holding Jude Christian, my two week old grandson. Everything around me became secondary as I held him in what was outwardly chaos but, between Jude and I a surreal, quiet, and indescribable span of time. I wonder what was ahead for this tiny helpless child. You watch the news and if you give it your complete attention you would think there is nothing good in this world. But, Jude is here and he is precious. His mom, my daughter, is here and she and her husband have three other children and they are precious. Our son and his family are here and they to are precious. With a son who has served in a war zone for 15 months and most likely will serve again you realize life is precious. Why is it that it appears only the bad things make the news. Jude and I just sat there and looked at each other. He needing my care and the care of our family and somehow strangely, me needing his innocence and peacefulness. Life is so precious for all. Later at Sunday service Pastor Flesher of Greencastle Bible Church asked us, what do you think Mary felt as she gave birth to the Savior of the world. How did she react to this challenge of raising Jesus? What an awesome responsibility.

Mother and I have talked it over and have vowed next Christmas we are going to bring this question to our grandchildren before we have Christmas. Do they really understand why we celebrate Christmas. I hope so. We certainly are going to try. There is much good in this world and it is our duty as parents and grandparents to see the Word and Good News is spread.

Happy New Year and God Bless you all.


MightyMom said...

how wonderful.

Elizabeth said...

Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

Please pray for this family. I personally can not do much but if many would do a little "we" could make a difference during this families difficulties.

Jungle Mom said...

That was beautiful to read.

MightyMom said...

what a sweet little lump of sugar you have over there in that pic!

and the baby's cute too!


love the new pics.

ABNPOPPA said...

Anonymous, prayers for any ill or afflicted are always available at this site. Hope you stop by again and leave us a name, make it up if you wish that just gives us a handle for you within our blog family.


Thanks JM, it was just so unreal with all that was going on around us, about 7 other kids and more than that in adults, I just had to write about it. Very meaningful for me.


MM Yea, and the baby I holding is cute too! I agree totally!!!

AirmanMom said...

pops...thanks for redirecting me over to this blog! I am now stalking, um, er following both of your blogs!
Jude looks to be an absolute blessing. You and Mother have so very much to be thankful for. There is something about holding a new little miracle in your arms, your words painted it perfectly!

~AirmanMom returning to her blog...

Jungle Mom said...

I enjoyed seeing the new one! How precious!

MightyMom said...

Thesaurus Thursday 2009 has been launched.

Come and play!

The Streetsweeper Chronicles said...

ABNPoppa & Momma:

Found your blog via Mud Puppy's. Congrat's on your newborn grandchild.

Adding you to my blog rolls. Welcome home, thank you for your service.

Asking the Lord to send Saints Michael and Christopher to stand watch over him.


Lutheran Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Destruction of the embryo in the mother's womb is a violation of the right to live which God has bestowed upon this nascent life. To raise the question whether we are here concerned already with a human being or not is merely to confuse the issue. The simple fact is that God certainly intended to create a human being and that this nascent human being has been deliberately deprived of his life. And that is nothing but murder.

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