Dec. 26, 2012 — Thoughts of a Merry Christmas were in full swing a few weeks ago. Susanville had celebrated its Uptown Magical Country Christmas, tickets were selling for the Susanville City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular, and local churches were celebrating the Advent season. Unfortunately, all of that was interrupted on Friday, Dec. 14, when news of the Connecticut shootings hit the airwaves and in the course of a few minutes, the “merry” had left our Christmas season.
I’ve been involved with the good, the bad, and the ugly of people’s lives for decades doing church ministry. I’ve not always had answers, but trusted what God said, “He is our refuge and strength, an ever present-help in times of trouble” (Psalms 46:1). As a Christian, I can’t help but think about God’s offer of peace; in our pluralistic world it may not be the answer for everyone, but it’s worth considering.
Dec. 26, 2012 – Ah, here we are again — it’s Christmas Eve, and I’m enjoying it already.
Later this evening all around Susanville and Lassen County, the little ones will be rubbing their eyes — trying to stay awake — hoping they might actually be lucky enough to hear the noisy clatter of reindeer hooves on the slippery rooftop, the heavy footsteps of a jolly, bearded, old saint clad in black boots and a red and white suit or his belly bursting, “Ho, ho, ho!” ringing out across our snow-covered desert. Maybe if they’re really lucky they might even catch a glimpse of this gent and his team sailing across the Christmas moon (that good old Waxing Gibbous) as they lumber off in their present-laden sleigh to visit other homes in Standish or Litchfield or Doyle or Herlong. They know they will have to have been really, really good all year long to even have a chance of meeting Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. Still, they’ll rub their eyes hard and wish and wish and wish.