Whenever there’s a tragedy, we hear the cries for greater controls, more legislation, abundant regulation and more restrictive oversight of anything remotely approaching violence. People want more firearms control. The restrictors become constrictors of constitutional guarantees as they try for a choke-hold on people’s right to protect themselves. They expect the government to intercede when danger and violence confront them.
Recently when I was working at the front desk of a local hotel I stood a quarter on its side. I know, right. It was pretty sweet. It stood there on its side--suspended, almost magically--for over 30 minutes until I accidentally knocked it over. I tried for several more minutes to get it to stand back like it was until I finally realized "I've got far more important things to do with my time than stand quarters on their sides."
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s declaration rural America is becoming irrelevant sent me mind-stumbling back to a point early in my writing career when I entered a contest awarding a plaque for the much vaunted title of: Best Regular Columnist. I, and dozens of other struggling writers, were to be graded against each other’s personally categorized colleagues as denoted by the subscription sales of our “home” newspapers.
The story of the birth of Jesus always fascinates me each and every time I read it. In my study one central point caught my attention: who we are outside of Him is not significant. What is crucial for all people is a relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ.
Most of us are familiar with the fact that, in the beginning, God created man and placed him in the Garden of Eden. Genesis tells us that all sorts of beautiful trees grew in the garden. These trees also produced good food. There were rivers in Eden and the land contained gold and other precious stones.