Justin: In the Feast of Being Able to. Amen.

New Year’s Thoughts, 2011

The Christmas holiday was well spent. The family was mostly together, and the time we spent as a group during that week was a blessing.

The preciousness of my parents grows with each passing year, and I know I am blessed to be near them.

One day during the holidays, dad called me and said, “We want to see True Grit.” So we went. It was a great movie, and a perfect one to see with your parents. Jeff Bridges did a great job, and Hailee Steinfeld was Oscar material.

I spent one entire day with dad, at first helping him move a few things from office to office, then at my house assisting him in fixing the wiring to my garage. Just in time for this weeks snow!

Two other important things occurred during the holidays, as well. Remarkably, they both are related to movies!

The first: I finally, after several years, mustered the courage to watch The Passion. It was outstanding, and it tore me up inside, serving as a graphic reminder of what I already have known about the torture of Jesus.

And the correct way to watch The Passion is
(1.) Be alone
(2.) When it is over, only then remind yourself that you are the cause of his suffering. Not a few Jewish leaders 2000 years ago.

Hundreds of years before Jesus was born, Isaiah wrote, “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” (IS 53:5)


The second movie is called Darfur. Not a blockbuster, this Billy Zane movie dramatizes an encounter between reporters and villagers in Sudan’s Darfur region, where probably the worst genocide of the new millinium has been taking place for 5 years, while the world all but stands by idle.

Minimal estimates are 20,000 deaths by violence. Many peace organizations number the count at over 200,000. If you count intentional starvation, then 200,000+ is an easy number.

Just this past Sunday, while we sat in church, ate out with our families, played video games and watched the peaceful snow begin falling, the Nation of Sudan held a referendum on letting the southern part of the nation, which includes Darfur, secede.

I don’t know when the votes will be counted, but it will pass, and they will become their own nation. While this is necessary as a first move for peace, a lot of bad things have happened this week in reaction. Killings, kidnappings, etc.

So. There you have it. While little people flail about trying to somehow blame a chemically screwed up Arizona murderer (with glaring left-wing proclivities) upon right-wing conservatives, issues that actually matter to the human race remain overlooked.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Resolution, 2011

I will not balance
life, nor attempt to do so.
I will not pretend,
beyond my usual pretension of
having set
life to a balance.

I will stop caring
that I care so much about people
beyond my control.
I will live in harmony
with the chaotic tilt
of my axis.

I will drink more tea.

Justin, 2011

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