04 Apr

Funny Thing

In a letter to the Ephesian Church, Paul wrote this: "In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace".  I've lived through 90 of today.  Growing up in a small East Texas town of a giant population of 15000 (it hasn't changed much), there was no big political problem.  We went to Easter Service, but for me, it was just another Sunday since I never missed one service for 18 years.  I've shared that my 1949 graduating class was the first to go 12 years in Mount Pleasant.   We had the traditional "Egg Hunt".  We prepared decorated boiled eggs and shared them with others from other families. (I recall some were soft-boiled, yuk!)  It wasn't until I was ten years old that I experienced tragedy of war, rationing and Gold Stars in windows.  Back then, Western Union boys rode bikes in a blue uniform and everyone held their breath as they started down our street with "that telegram from the War Department".  Those of us who can recall, can even quote the first words of that telegram, "We regret to inform you....".  I still recall the wails of pain and loss that accompanied each and the poor delivery boy always walked to his bike, head down with tears. I could never understand that cruelty that brought about wars until much later.  I lived a rather sheltered life, spoiled beyond belief.  Fast Forward to today. I can't recall anything like what we are experiencing now.  In spite of all the rhetoric, Trump is not responsible for what we have gone through in the recent years.  We are all responsible and don't have a clue.  We are all simply relying on the wrong thing.  Ignore as we will, but God is in charge and our account is overdrawn.  Soon, we will have absolutely no concept of Truth and that will really be tragic. Government has become god to too many.  Today isn't the same anymore.  Maliciousness and hatred abound.  Envy and greed is in every heart.  We are the world and We are in trouble. But, there is still hope since Jesus hasn't signaled for Gabriel to sound that horn.  Until Heaven gives up hope, we are in luck.  A nation, on its knees, imploring a mighty, loving God will bring about revival of the spirit that has always been AMERICA!  It only takes one by one.  You know the words!

"In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace".

What's Funny is that we've ignored all this for all these years and God still loves us enough to forgive.    Funny!

And that's what I get from My Box of Chocolates right here in my little corner studio under the shadow of Kyle Field.


James G Austin '69

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