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Just when you think you are getting too jaded to appreciate the holidays and are fed up with the depressing stories about how heinous some folk get around this time of the year, comes a story out of Washington D.C. to put the kibash on your “Bah-Humbugism” and fill you chock full o’hope.

christmas-time-is-hereRev. Wayne Snead found the pile of toys [pictured here] when he arrived Sunday morning, along with a note saying that the toys should go to less-fortunate children in these rough economic times. The donor didn’t identify him or her self, but members of the Galilee United Methodist Church seemed to feel the generosity of the gesture; many called it a true example of Christmas spirit when it’s needed most.

I truly wish I could get in a situation to do this for a church, charity or just a bunch of kids I know without, you know, charging it. This is amazing.

And what’s even more spectacular, it’s the third year in a row he or she has done this magnamious act!

What do I want for Christmas? A heart like this person. Nice warm fuzzies for everyone today. Ho-ho-ho.

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The next generation of NYC homeless - now kick them out in the cold!

The next generation of NYC homeless - now kick them out in the cold!

Wall Watchers, if you know anyone in the Big Apple who may be homeless, please buy them a hotel room.

Otherwise, according to bah-humbug this story on WCBS-TV, if they are out in the cold, they could chafe with freezer burn because they aren’t getting any help. Nada.

City officials have ordered 22 New York churches to stop providing beds to homeless people. With temperatures well below freezing early Saturday, the churches must obey a city rule requiring faith-based shelters to be open at least five days a week — or not at all.

Arnold Cohen, president of the Partnership for the Homeless, a nonprofit that serves as a link with the city, said he had to tell the churches they no longer qualify.

Hrm. So, what’s better? A homeless person in that city knowing there is three hots and a cot waiting them on Sundays and Wednesdays, or just none at all because a small church of 300 just doesn’t have the bandwidth?!

Yeah, that’ll keep them warm in the winter to know the government has got their back… and plenty of newspaper to keep them warm in the winter.

And why? It’s all about curb appeal.

“We really don’t want people sleeping on the streets, on grates, on church steps. We want people sleeping in beds,” said Homeless Commissioner Robert Hess.

Oh, well since you put it that way. Survival of the fittest to the homeless! Let the wind chill sort them out. Ho-ho-ho.

So, the next time you are in your neighborhood grocery store, gas station or pilfering through gangling lines in the mall searching high and low for whatever Dora the Explorer & Spongebob is branded on, consider this lovely Yuletide news from Rasmussen Reports:

…A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 68% of American adults prefer stores to show signs saying “Merry Christmas” rather than “Happy Holidays. Only one-quarter of adults (25%) favor signs that say “Happy Holidays.”

aclu-xmas-alert-systemAnd stick that in your corncob pipe, ACLU and atheists everywhere. Ho-ho-ho. Other interesting stats of the anti-bah-humbug HOLY-days are:

  • Men (71%) favor “Merry Christmas” slightly more than women (65%). [Why? Because women say it to who matters, guys are channeling George Bailey and reenacting “It’s a Wonderful Life” with their dorky selves.]
  • From a politically partisan perspective, Republicans (84%) overwhelmingly prefer “Merry Christmas” more than Democrats (51%). Far more Democrats (43%) wish for “Happy Holidays” signs than Republicans (13%). [And this surprises who exactly? If the DNC were any more liberal as a whole when it comes to the legal prejudice that is Christianity, Catholic Churches would remove the crucifix because that shows human torture and reminds war protesters of Guantanamo Bay.]
  • Regardless of what the signs say, 53% will be attending a Christian church service on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day this year. One-third (32%) do not plan to go to a service.[Because everybody wants to pray for help that their credit card goes through and those checks don’t bounce. Everyone repeat after me, “I’ll pay when my taxes come in.” So ghetto we are.]
  • While five percent (5%) of adults have already finished their Christmas shopping, 72% believe the Christmas season starts too early. Only 21% disagree. [That’s easy to figure. Even the ACLU and folk like that hate it when that one adult contemporary radio station languishing for ratings goes ‘All Xmas, All Day’ right before Halloween. Who wouldn’t go bananas with the Chipmunks for that long?!]

Well, as for me and my house, while we are serving the Lord, I’ll be home for CHRISTmas, rolling up my Greensleeves whether that fat dude comes to town or not. Good times.

I have been known to crawl up on a petrified soapbox and rant aloud, if even just for a little.

That said, ofttimes the picture can be worth a thousand words, as the axiom says. And since my betrothed Cowboys are playing football today and I need to save my vocal chords for yawping during certain – and expected – touchdown celebrations.

However, I’ll say this if you will extend me the levity, I have a few things to be thankful today:

  1. My Jesus. I don’t often praise and extol him the way I should, but my heart is there. Completely. Which is why I created this blog and gave my life wholly to him. Thank you for saving a wretch like me.
  2. My Fair Lady. With Jesus, I have salvation. Without her, salvation wouldn’t seem as rich and lovely.
  3. My Lil’ Wall Watchers. Perfect extensions of God’s love. Mercy I don’t deserve. Grace I didn’t earn. Love I can’t fathom.
  4. The Writing on the Wall. I have wanted to scribe for the Lord for decades, and have under other notable minister’s and evangelist’s names. (Don’t ask, I have signed contracts). For years, I have seen the news and heard the rumors and didn’t think anyone was calling B.S. and issuing honor and praise where it was due. I was wrong, as noted by the “Another Brick in the Wall” section. Wall Watchers, thank you for promoting the rants, re-publishing the diatribes and proselytizing the truth with vigor and passion.  Knowing the Lord is using this cyber home of mine in some fashion is more of a blessing that I could have ever imagined. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not close to being content with its growth, but I am humbled. Thanks to you.

Peace & Blessings,

HiScrivener

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