You must forgive a 61 year old…but is seems like yesterday that we were entering a new century!
Do you remember the Y2K fears?
I have known of religious groups that, totally believed, the human family would not see the year 2000 without the occurrence of the, Biblical, seven last plagues and Armageddon.
Many, direct their lives on the basis of what a minister or pastor tells them. They seek to fulfill the, purported, god given directives, of humans that proclaim that they are a prophets.
I, at one time, marveled at people, of the 1800’s who lived into the 1900’s and wondered what it would, feel, like to live in two centuries?
I never considered that I would be one of those people!
We were commiserating, this morning, about the, at one time widely accepted rule, of a man removing his hat, or cap, when he entered a building. For a gentleman to wear his chapeau in a classroom, or a restaurant, or a social setting, was verboten!
I recall, on my first day as a member of the First Grade in Eldorado, Illinois at Hillcrest School, that when the roll call was taken, there was another student with the last name of Brooks…Jackie Brooks.
The first grade teacher, Mrs. Kittinger, asked Jackie, ‘to remove his hat in the house.’
The next day Mrs. Kittinger made the same request of Jackie. And, this exchange, regarding the appropriateness of wearing hats in the house, went on for a week!
When you purchased items at the, Dime Store, the cashier returned your change to you by counting it back to you…without the aid of a computer.
Would it not be nice to hear the words…you are welcome…after you say thank you at a business?
But, life moves forward.
We live in a time of gargantuan possibilities…and extreme peril!
We humans are a proud race! We marvel at our technological accomplishments…and yet millions do not have enough to eat…and many die of malnutrition.
We watched children being separated from their parents at our southern boarder…in the name of security.
Recently, two children have died in our holding facilities due to lack of expeditious medical services.
We debate the verity of science as to the subject of global warming, while the cataclysm of climate change is observed across our planet…and California burns, and the glaciers melt, and the hurricanes become larger and more ferocious and last longer.
We proclaim that we are a christian nation…and yet our idea of Christ’s teachings is to gather with people who look like us and act like us, and who do not vary from the, script, that the minister sets fourth!
We travel and enjoy the blessings of abundance…while the homeless pray nightly for a warm place to sleep and something to eat.
Physical illness…forces us to reflect on our lives. Can spiritual illness…do the same?
I recall, like it was yesterday, wanting a set of World Book Encyclopedias. It seemed to me that if I could own a set of World Books…that I would have the Earth’s knowledge at my finger tips!
When the internet, first, came on the scene, I was ecstatic! It was unbelievable that I could obtain the power of, unlimited knowledge…if I had the patience to wait for the telephone modem to download the page that I was seeking.
So, now, we go into the New Year!
Hopefully our leaders will seek wisdom in addressing the many problems that we have. Our children should not be afraid to attend school.
Gun violence is, obviously, not the answer.
I wonder, when we die, if we will all meet our creator…and God will say…that we were all members of the same family…and that he had been observing how we interacted with our brothers and sisters and mothers and fathers?
The New Year can be the best if we remove hidden agendas and lies and seek love for our fellow human beings and understanding of their challenges.
We, really are in the time of Dickens, A Christmas Carol, as we must look at our past…and change for the future; for our society, and our neighbors, and ourselves!
So, the decision is in our hands…what do we want for 2019…plagues…or peace?