42 Years!

1976, the year I made the most important decision in my life. No it wasn’t done to please anyone. I wasn’t forced into it. I didn’t go unwillingly. In fact truth be told, I did it for reasons at the time I didn’t understand.

1976, I was 16 years old. I was lost and confused. I didn’t have a girlfriend. I was too homely for a girl friend. I didn’t have a lot of friends at the time. I had a few but not as many as you would think. I was an awkward teenager. I was tall and gangling. I was the guy that girls avoided at the prom. “Eww no dancing with him! He’s ugly”

1976, I was invited to church by none other than my sister Nancy. Yes it’s her fault! I started to go and felt something like I had never felt before. Then I met the man that would become my best friend. He would be my best man at my first wedding. He would be the brother that I never had and the friend that was not afraid to smack me upside the head. He was the one that taught me how to play the guitar.

1976, the year that would send me on a collision course with the family that would become my second family.  I was proud to call them Mom and dad. He always seemed to accept it grudgingly but he would smile when I called him Dad.

1976, I came to know the greatest love that had ever lived. I found the one person who would love me for me, scars, warts and all. He willingly died for me. He did not cause he had to but because he wanted to..but..yes there is a but!

1976, I went though all the confirmation classes. I went through it all.  I even got baptized into the United Church of Canada but ya know something. I spoke the words but meant none of it. I said the words but knew I would never go through with them. Some say that it was wrong and it may have been that way but I think that If I had not done it then I would not have had my meeting with the Lord!

1976, So I went through the motions. I played the good Christian like a lot of people do from time to time. I played the roll well but I didn’t play it well enough. Jesus saw straight through me.

1976, Christmas Eve. The day that I let my defenses down. I had a conversation with the Lord. A very pointed conversation. I was convicted and convinced that I was not living the life He wanted me to live! Let me tell you about it.

I was 16 and it was Christmas eve. My mom and step dad had gone down to Niagara Falls and had brought me back this crucifix. So I hung it on my wall, facing my bed and there it hung. I didn’t think another thought about it. So Christmas Eve comes and I am sleeping. I wake up to see this bright light in my bedroom. Some dumb ass was shining his headlights into my room. I looked around and saw a light coming from behind the cross. I thought that was nice of my step dad to put a light behind it. So I went back to sleep.

The light persisted. I sat looking at it in my bed and then my eyes widened as I saw the head move. The head looked down at me and said “Do You Love Me?” I said “Yes Lord?” and the response I got was “Then why do you do the things that you do?”

“I don’t know.” was my only reply.

The response was something I was not expecting. “I love you.”

“I love you too.” was my response. I was shocked. I was a sinner. Even after taking Jesus as my own, I was still the same person I was before. I was still swearing and doing all the bad things that I did before.

I went back to sleep but the light persisted still. I looked at the Cross and the same words came to me. “Do you love Me?”.

“Yes.” I said.

“Then why do you do the things that you do?”

“I don’t know.” was my response.

I went back to sleep. The light persisted. I was getting annoyed. I opened my eyes and looked at the Cross.

“What do you want from me?”

“YOU!” was the response that I got.

I sat there. He wanted me. A broken individual that had no intention of doing the things that I had promised all those months ago. He didn’t want my money or anything else I had. All he wanted was me. I was dumbfounded. No one wanted me. I was a useless human being. I was a liar yet Jesus wanted me. I crumbled.

Christmas eve 1976, I took Jesus as my own and I even though I have fallen off the path and gone different ways into the wilderness, Jesus has always wooed me back to his righteousness.

It’s been 42 years that I have walked with God! I am not the perfect Christian. There is no such creature. Jesus was the only perfect person that walked this earth. He was so perfect that He let Himself be crucified for my and your mistakes!

I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I am “Not Perfect…Just Forgiven!”. I make mistakes everyday. I take His name in vain and He reminds me that I am not to do that. He doesn’t yell rather gently reminds us of who He is!

If you don’t know the Jesus that I know, then maybe it is time that you did. He is free for the taking. He won’t expect you to do anything that you don’t feel comfortable with. Jesus loves you. Just like He loves me. Not cause He has to but because He wants to. We are not worthy of His love or His sacrifice.

None of us are worthy but through the shedding of His blood. Take Him as your own and you will not be disappointed!

 

“Keep Looking UP! His Coming Is Nigh!”

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Jesus’ Gang!

I was asked to join a gang…….I gave them this response….

“I am already in a gang….the best gang of all…and my Leader is pretty rad….balls to the wall sort of guy….after all…..He did spread out His arms and die for me!”

 

“Keep Looking Up!! His Coming Is High!”

My 1 Corinthians 13 In A Nut Shell!

The Excellence of Love

13 If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body [a]to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; [b]bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails; but if there are gifts of [c]prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part; 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. 11 When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I [d]became a man, I did away with childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror [e]dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. 13 But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the [f]greatest of these is love.

“True love can not be bought, stolen or given away. True love must be received in it’s purest form….from the heart. True love can not be manipulated for anothers gain. It has no ulterior motives and is not used to set conditions. True love, loves the one that it fell in love with, not only from a distance, but also close at hand. True love is unique, and not easily found. It is hard to hold yet so easily tamed. True love can not be smothered for it will always be comfortable with the one that it is with.”

“Keep Looking Up! For His Coming Is Nigh!”

Politically Correct..I Am Not!

I am not politically correct. I don’t mince words or try to be nice. I am not going to candy coat anything. I call a spade a spade. I don’t like this way of talking that make it seem that you are something that you are not. If you can’t handle being called what you are then you have a problem. I know I am going to upset a few people with this blog.

When I say I am not politically correct I mean just that. I have Indian in me but I am not a Canadian Native…I am Canadian. Jesus was not politically correct. He didn’t put on airs to appease the people. He spoke it like it was.

It seems today that people get “insulted” way to fast. It use to be that calling a man a “WASP” was okay. Now it seems to be an insult. They grumble and groan about it but I bet half of them don’t know what the term means. They will think that it is a racist term when in fact it is not. It actually means “White Anglo Saxon Protestant”.

I am not going to mince words but on the other hand I am not an idiot either. I don’t use racist terms. Never have and never will. The “N” word is not in my vocabulary. I call a black man a black man. I call a man a man and a woman a woman.  I don’t play favorites.

We have to do the same. People don’t like it too bad. Enough with the nonsense and the bull. We walk around on eggshells. We are afraid to say what we think cause we might insult someone. I say enough.

We are called to be like Jesus. We are not called to dumb down stuff. We are not called to cow tow to the masses. We are called to present Jesus Christ. We are called to be plain. No apologies. As I said before, Jesus did not mince words. He told it like it is. He wasn’t playing no “nice” game. He called a sinner a sinner.

As Christians we have a responsibility to do the same. To be like Christ. Not Be like the world.  For we are not of this world.

 

John 15:18-19

“If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.

 

The world hates us Christians cause we are not of this world. We are of another. We are the chosen ones. He chose us out of the world. He chose each and everyone of us because he knew way back then that we would be His. He chose us before we were born.

So what does this all have to do with being politically incorrect. Well simply put..and I will repeat it. ” Jesus was not politically correct. He didn’t put on airs to appease the people. He spoke it like it was.” We are called to be the same.

I have had been asked why I tend to be so direct. Well Jesus was direct. He didn’t say a finger was a heart or a foot was a lung. We are to do the same.

You might disagree with me. You might even say I am wrong. Totally wrong and that is your right. You can call me out and tell me to my face that I am wrong but I have the Manual to back me up.

1 Corinthians 11:1

Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.

We are called to be Like Christ. So Be Like Christ! Now here in lies the problem. We are flawed human beings. We are failures. We are Sinners! But we can still BE CHRIST LIKE! He will guide us and lead us to the path we are meant to be on. So many people say that they want to be Christ like and they give up. They walk away and say this is not for me. Jesus could have done the same thing but He instead chose to do the one thing that could prove His mighty love for us. He let himself be crucified for us. He laid his life down for us. So I ask this:

Are you willing to be like Him. Are you willing to be politically incorrect. If you are willing to die for him, will you live for him too. Be Christ like no matter the consequences.

I offer you Jesus Christ. I offer you the joy of His Salvation to you. I offer you a love like no other. I offer you a life of tribulation that will be a wonderful thing. Jesus is worthy of my praise and worship because I was worthy of His death on the cross. I will be like Him, even in the flawed imperfect way! I willing take on the tribulation of the world cause I am His (even though I am flawed to the hilt)! Will You!

 

“Keep Looking Up! For His Coming Is Nigh!”

 

Love Is!

love is blind. Love is blind. Love Is blind. Love Is Blind! Let that sink in for a bit. Let the revelation of it make you go…hmmmmmmm. (I will wait!).

Okay so now that you know that LOVE IS BLIND!! Did you know that it is true. Love is one of those emotions that are wonderful and fulfilling. Love makes you feel giddy and alive. Your world turns brighter. It comes alive. Without love, life is a slight drab. Now with that being said, to some a life without love is just fine for them. They have fun and enjoyment well until they see their friends in love. Being in love is one of the best feelings in the world. But, yes of course there is a but. Love is felt tenfold when it is coupled with the love of God!

We say that love is blind but it’s not.  We say we will love forever, we don’t. We fall out of  love for whatever reason. Maybe because we are tired of getting hurt or the love we once felt is no longer the same. It has mellowed. It faded and as hard as we try, we can’t get it back. But there is a secret to keeping your love alive.

The love of God can keep the earthly love you have alive. God’s love is unconditional. Believe it or not, our love is not. We set conditions on it. If you loved me and so on and so forth. We say that cause no matter what, we are not secure in the love we have for each other! But the love of God never fades or fails. It is always secure and we can revel in it. Bath in it. Swim in it!

If both of you are in the Love of God then the love you have for each other will be stronger. Does this mean that your love for each other won’t be tested. Won’t be stretched. Nope. Sorry but we are not God, we are human. We are nowhere near perfect. God’s love is perfect and true.

Jeremiah 31:3

The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying:“I have loved you with an everlasting love;
    I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.

Where the love we have for our spouse is a human love, prone to failure, we sometimes just don’t feel the same way anymore. “I love you but I am no longer in love with you.” is a true statement and it happens for whatever reason. We fall out of love. It happens in Christian marriages as well, but it is worth the work and the fight. Let God in and He will help you.

“Keep Looking Up! His Coming Is Nigh!”

 

God Loves YOU!!!!

God. The Great I Am. Jehovah. The God Of Abraham, Issac, Jacob and Jesus Christ. He created this world and the entire universe that we live in.

Genesis 1:1-5

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.”

6 days it took Him to create this universe and the ball of dust that we call home. 6 days to create all the things on this ball of dust. 6 days to prepare it for His greatest creation. Man. He created us perfect. We were set in a garden with everything that we needed. We were able to commune with God at any given time. He would walk the garden and take care of us and talk with us. All we had to do was obey Him in one thing.

Genesis 2:15-17

15 Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it. 16 The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; 17 but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”

That was it. No big deal right. No problem but alas there was a problem. The devil had come into the garden and tickled Eve’s ear. He whispered sweet nothings in her ear and she listened. She listened and the devil smiled. Now understand this, the devil is not a god. He is not a demi-god. He is a created being just like us. God created him!

(Ezekiel 28:11-19)

11 Again the word of the Lord came to me saying, 12 “Son of man, take up a lamentation over the king of Tyre and say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord God,

“You had the seal of perfection,
Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.
13 “You were in Eden, the garden of God;
Every precious stone was your covering:
The ruby, the topaz and the diamond;
The beryl, the onyx and the jasper;
The lapis lazuli, the turquoise and the emerald;
And the gold, the workmanship of your settings and sockets,
Was in you.
On the day that you were created
They were prepared.
14 “You were the anointed cherub who covers,
And I placed you there.
You were on the holy mountain of God;
You walked in the midst of the stones of fire.
15 “You were blameless in your ways
From the day you were created
Until unrighteousness was found in you.
16 “By the abundance of your trade
You were internally filled with violence,
And you sinned;
Therefore I have cast you as profane
From the mountain of God.
And I have destroyed you, O covering cherub,
From the midst of the stones of fire.
17 “Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty;
You corrupted your wisdom by reason of your splendor.
I cast you to the ground;
I put you before kings,
That they may see you.
18 “By the multitude of your iniquities,
In the unrighteousness of your trade
You profaned your sanctuaries.
Therefore I have brought fire from the midst of you;
It has consumed you,
And I have turned you to ashes on the earth
In the eyes of all who see you.
19 “All who know you among the peoples
Are appalled at you;
You have become terrified
And you will cease to be forever.”’”

 

You think that for the garden and being looked after, they would be thankful and obey God. They would be content to live in perfection but alas no. Eve listened to the snake and of course Adam listened to Eve. Eve bit of the apple and found that it was good and so she convinced Adam to do the same.

The Snake knew what he was doing and he did it with perfection. He had convinced them to eat of the apple. He was thankful. He had corrupted the only two on the planet. He had done his job well. He had gained two new followers or at least he thought he did.

So God is walking through the garden and calls out of Adam and he does not answer. He calls again and still no answer. Finally Adam answers.

Genesis 3 is the story of the fall of Man. It is too long to put in here so I will leave it to you to look it up and read it.

Man learned about good and evil. He also learned that he was well..stupid! He listened to the Evil one. He let himself be fooled. So where does that leave him. Ashamed and scared. He never noticed that he was naked before. But now he does. He never realized that he could loose everything. Now he does and he does loose everything.

God came walking through the garden to commune with Adam but they hid in fear. God called out to him and Adam replied.

“I heard the sound of You in the garden and I was afraid.”

“Why were you afraid?”

“Because I am naked and did not want you to see me that way.”

“Who said you were naked? Did you eat of the tree I told you not to eat from?”

And so begins the idea of “passing the buck“.

Adam replied

“The woman that you gave me gave me the apple and convinced me to eat of it.”

God replied

“What have you done? Did you do this awful thing?”

Eve replied

“The serpent deceived me and I ate of the apple!”

So God curses the serpent to move along the ground by way of his belly.

That is the simple retelling of the fall of man. It can also be boiled down to this one line. “The fall of man is because of a chick that didn’t know a line when she heard one and a dude that didn’t know how to keep his mouth shut!”

All kidding aside. God created man for what purpose.  “God put man on the earth to reflect His image and to rule over the creation (Gen. 1:26, 28).”  Why create a universe if there is no one to do anything with it. It would shrivel up and die. So God created man to rule over the land, the see and all the animals.

God created the world for His greatest creation. US. We were given the keys to the kingdom and instead of treasuring them, we trampled them into the ground like rocks. We sinned a great sin and God could have destroyed us right then and there, but He didn’t. He did however “curse us”. We had it made and we tossed it away.

Genesis 3:16

16 To the woman he said,

“I will make your pains in childbearing very severe;
    with painful labor you will give birth to children.
Your desire will be for your husband,
    and he will rule over you.”

17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’

“Cursed is the ground because of you;
    through painful toil you will eat food from it
    all the days of your life.
18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
    and you will eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your brow
    you will eat your food
until you return to the ground,
    since from it you were taken;
for dust you are
    and to dust you will return.”

20 Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living.

 

Now understand this, God is God. He could have destroyed them but he didn’t Why, because like any Father, He is patient with his children. So he did the following.

Genesis 21-24

21 The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. 22 And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.”

23 So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. 24 After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.

God is a God of love. Some say that He is a god of anger. The fall of man story says otherwise. If God was a god of anger, He would have destroyed Adam and Eve and the devil and started all over again. But he didn’t. Adam started fresh only now instead of having everything handed to him on a silver platter, he had to work for it.

God loves us. He loves us for we are His creation. People say that “God Hates the Sinner” that is so not true. God hates the SIN but loves the SINNER! and if you would like Proof…read Genesis 3!

“Keep Looking UP! For His Coming Is Nigh!”

 

The Long Road Home

I Just finished the National Geographic Docu-series based on the book “The Long Road Home” written by Martha Raddatz.

First thing I have to say is that it was wonderful. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. So much so that I will have to go read the book now. It brought back the fact that even though these were American soldiers and that battle took place, that it could have been any country in the same situation.

I am a Canadian living in the US and I want to say to those men that fought in that battle, that I thank you for your bravery and your gallantry. You fought a battle that was harrowing and vicious and through it all you showed compassion when the need was given.

To all the countries in the world that fight for the freedom that we so take for granted, Thank You! For my Canadian brothers that are doing the same, Thank You! You fight so  that we don’t have to. You fight so that we can enjoy the freedom that we have, and we as I said before, take for granted.

Martha, if I may call you that, thank you for writing this book. Till I had seen the series, I had not heard of the battle. I was moved to tears at times and cheering at other times. I saw men that were brave and vulnerable at the same time. The kept their heads for the most part and weren’t afraid to show the pain and the suffering that they went through. I applaud you and say again thank you.

To the 1st Cavalry Division, thank you also. Through it all, you took on the enemy, fought with courage and bravery. I have never been in the military. I was not “good enough” due to medical problems. I don’t know what you went through. I don’t think I could have done it. Thank you for your service.

Miss Raddatz, I don’t know how to get a hold of the service men that fought then. I am hoping that you will pass this on to them and offer them my thanks.

To the folks that are reading this, please Thank a Veteran. No matter what war they served and no matter what country. They all deserve our thanks and appreciation. I have two brothers that although they never saw battle, did serve in the military in Canada. My brother Robert “deseased” (Army) and Leyton (Airforce). So say thank you and shake their hand and if they will allow it, a hug.

“Keep Looking up. For His coming is nigh!”

Merry Christmas!

Christmas, a time for presents, family, indulgence and parties. When we over eat, over drink and over everything. We tend to forget what this day means. Is it all about gifts and parties and over indulgence or is it about the baby born in a manger all those years ago.

To some it is just about family. The holidays are a time to get together and maybe it is the only time that they see family at all. It’s a time to get all gussied up and go to church for the first and probably only time. To some it is a time to avoid every one and be a humbug.

To me it is family, feasting and the child born in a manger. For aside from the child, there would be no Christmas. Sure there would be the Winter Solstice that celebrates the new sun but to me and as important as that is, it doesn’t deserve a celebration.

I think Linus from the Peanuts gang said it best.

Peanuts Christmas

Isaiah  prophesied about Jesus and was very direct.

isaiah 96

Micah predicted the birthplace of the Messiah.

Micah52

I could go on and on but alas, I don’t have all day. So let me say this.

Jesus Christ, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Fairest of Ten Thousand! Was born to die. He was born so that man (male and female) could be saved from the evils of this world. That is what this day is all about. The birth of a child who would be the final and greatest sacrifice that man has ever made. Even if you don’t worship him, acknowledge who He is. Because you see, even Santa knows the reason for the season.

Santa Reason

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night. Have a wonderful holidays and enjoy your family and friends. Treasure them for they will not be around forever. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 

“Keep Looking Up! For His coming is Nigh!”

Regrets!

Regrets, we all have them. Sometimes they are things that you should have done or didn’t get done. Sometimes they are things that we said or did. We all have regrets, even those who say they have no regrets, they have them.

What are some of yours. As we get older they pile up, like a pile of newspapers that we don’t want to toss out. We let them hang around hoping that one day we might actually do them and yet we never do. No matter how many times you try to ignore them, they always seem to mock you and make fun of you. There are those regrets that you never will deal with for they are too painful. They hurt every time you think about them or they don’t do anything at all cause you have closed them off but they are still there mocking you.

Some don’t have any regrets at all. They did what they did and have no qualms about them. These are the regrets that sit idly by and wait to pounce and worm their way into the brain and eat away slowly without you even realizing till it is usually too late.

I have a ton of regrets. They are stacked around just like the aforementioned newspapers. They haunt me like a ghost that is lost in the ether and can’t find it’s way out. Here is a list of mine. Some are self-afflicted and some are ones that I can’t change no matter what I try to to do.

I regret a lot of things. Some I keep to myself and others people know about. I have regrets that eat at me and others just sort of sit there more as a reminder of what I could have been. Regrets of things started but never finished.

My biggest regret is not going through the adoption process when my first wife Rose was diagnosed with leukemia. It bugs me to this day. I could have been the dad that I always wanted to be but I chose to end it. I just didn’t think that it was fair to bring a child into a situation where she had lost one mom just to loose another!

I have always wanted to be a dad and bring a child up with the same values I have. (Oh lord, that poor child). But I didn’t do that. I chose to think of Rose and the child instead of myself.

I regret not being there when my Mom died. I unfortunately could not afford to come back. I miss her and know that I will see her when I get to heaven.

I regret not being around when my other Mom died. Karen was the only one that got away with telling me off. I loved her so much and miss her just as much.

I regret not pursuing my dream of singing or acting. I just never got around to doing it. I guess God had other plans for me.

I regret not getting my novel published. Always thinking it is not good enough! I have written three of them and I just don’t think they are good enough. They sit on a data card and wait while I get up the guts to send them to whomever will read them.

One of the few things I don’t regret is marrying Rose or Jeanne. They have and are my soulmates. Most only get one. I got lucky, I got two. Some said that my marriage to Rose would never last. We had 14 wonderful years. They all said that moving to Oregon was a big mistake. 19 years later, we are still together.

The one thing I do not regret at all is falling in love with my First Love! For those who don’t know who that is, that would be Jesus Christ! He is my First Love because He first loved me.

Let me make one thing clear, regrets are not failures. Regrets are just that regrets.

We all have regrets but it depends on what you do with them. Some you can’t stop because it is too late and normally because the reason is no longer in or part of your life anymore. Some you can deal with if you can reach or deal with the problem at hand. Some you have to lay at the Lord’s feet and let Him deal with them.

 

“Keep Looking Up! For His Coming Is Nigh!”

 

 

Thank You!

Thanksgiving. The time to give thanks for all you have. To gather with family and enjoy their company, whether we like them or not. We gather to see what has changed. Who is with who and who has split up with who.

We give thanks for family and friends. We give thanks for events that happen in our lives. Our children, our job, our health. But in some families, thanks are never given to the One that made it all possible.

Being thankful for something is so important for so many reasons. To show that you are so appreciative of the items your given. To acknowledge the giver and show them respect. Being thankful is not a reason to boast about how much money or how much you have succeeded and how much you have. It’s about the little things. It’s about family.

I keep saying family.

Family is important. Family defines us. Makes us what we are. Sometimes for the good and sometimes for the bad. Family makes us realize that no matter what, we are accepted as we are at least somewhere. Maybe it is blood and sometimes it is not. Sometimes that family is a bunch of strangers that have come together for no other reason than a need to belong. They get to know each other. Their quirks and their habits. They depend on each other, just like a real family made of up of parents and siblings.

Sometimes a family is made up of people in a virtual world that may never actually meet ever and yet they see themselves as family. Husband and wife. Brothers and sister, aunts and uncles, sons and daughters. Even family friends. Loved by each other and cared for by each other. Sharing each others pain and good times. Celebrating when things go good. When someone wins a bike race, or an award for good work. Rejoicing in the love that is there for each other, virtual or real.

Venting at each other and yelling. Calling each other out and convicting them, cause they know you or they did wrong. Walking away knowing for better or worse, they  love you no matter what. They bust you for something that you did then turn around and trust you. It is love they are showing.

I have that kind of family in Second Life. We may never ever meet but they have become such an important part of my life. I would not be the same without them. When we are together, which doesn’t happen as much as I would like, I am thankful for each and everyone of them. They are part me, not only in SL but also in my real life. We share our pains. We know when things are going on and who is hurting. We send out prayers for each other and when we say “i love you” we know that it is a real love.

Family is wonderful thing. Be thankful for the family that you have. Real or virtual or both. Love them with a never ending love. Love them with all their warts and scars. Their ugly faults and their wonderful pluses. You only get one family.

What am I thankful for? I am thankful that I have a wonderful wife who loves me no matter what and gave me my life back. I am thankful for my siblings, even when they are a pain in my butt. I am thankful that I have a place to live and food in my stomach. For there was a time when a van was my home for a while or a tent or a nursing home floor was my bed. Most of all, I am thankful that I have a God that loved me enough to die for me.

Jesus didn’t have to die for me. He could have just walked away from it all and said “nope, you are all on your own!” but he didn’t. He laid down His life for me and you and all of mankind. He did so cause he wanted to. He did so to fulfill the Father’s plan. He spread his arms and died so that I might have eternal life. I am thankful for that.

Folks, be thankful for something this Thanksgiving. Even if it is only a little thing. Love your friends and your family. Love them with an unconditional love that knows no bounds. If you need friends, then go make some. If you are not sure how, then a simple handshake is a good start.

I will start. If you are in Second Life and need a friend, IM me and send me a friend request. Ask anyone (but her and her and her and her and him and her and her and him) I am a real nice guy.

Lastly, be thankful for the life you have. It may not be much or it might be a lot. Be thankful nonetheless. Give thanks to God for all you have, no matter the God that you serve. If you can, share some of what you have and give someone else a reason to be thankful this Thanksgiving!

 

“Keep Looking Up! His Coming Is Nigh!”