Every Man Under His Vine

Every Man Under His Vine

1 Kings 4:25

And Judah and Israel lived in safety, from Dan even to Beersheba, every man under his vine and under his fig tree, all the days of Solomon.

When I read this it reminded me of my post “Candy Cried” which referenced the scene in “Of Mice and Men” where all the misfits were gathered in one place and talking about their collective passion.  All they wanted was a little piece of land to call their own.  A place in life to work and reap their rewards, a place to be left alone. Continue reading

Happy New Year, What’s Your Resolution?

Happy New Year, What’s Your Resolution?

It is a New Year and like most people I make a New Year’s resolution.

The tradition of New Year’s resolutions dates back to the time of ancient Babylon and the Roman Empire.  It has continued through the ages.

I have never been a big celebrator of the New Year.  Through most of my younger days I was always working.

Anyone who has ever played in a working band, full or part time, knows that New Year’s Eve is your biggest night of the year.  You usually get paid twice your normal rate if not more, sometimes much more.

So from teenager and into my late twenties I was always working New Years Eve. Continue reading

You Are Blessed

You Are Blessed

I recently reposted my piece “We Are All Angels”.  What prompted me to do so, was a conversation I had with my wife.

She joined NextDoor.com when we moved to our new location.  It has helped with learning more about the area.  But she also discovered that it is basically a Facebook for the locals.  It’s a platform for whining and bitching about the things that go on in the neighborhood.

This particular day my wife was reading to me the comments made by local residents in regards to the town “nut”, for lack of a better and more politically correct term. Continue reading

We Are All Angels

We Are All Angels

Hebrews 13:2

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

I have seen this theme used many times in art.  We have all seen the TV show where someone is unaware of the real identity of a stranger and unaware that their true nature is being tested by this stranger.  We have seen variations, sometimes it is where Christ returns in an unexpected form and is unrecognizable to the person to whom he appears. Continue reading

Seek Righteousness

Seek Righteousness

King Solomon is one of my favorite persons in history.  The wisdom and knowledge that he shares in the book of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes has become the cornerstone for my philosophy of life.  Not only does Solomon give us wisdom and truth that is ageless, he does it with simplicity.  I love simplicity.

In 1 King 3:5-14 we learn how Solomon gained this wisdom.

Solomon has just been anointed king by his father David who passes away shortly after anointing Solomon.

Solomon has vanquished those who tried to usurp his reign and now realizes just how much power has been placed on his head.  Solomon will reign over, “a great people too many to be numbered or counted for multitude.”

God asks Solomon, “What shall I give you?” Continue reading

What Is Christmas Spirit?

What Is Christmas Spirit?

(I wrote this post two years ago and thought I would share it again this Christmas Day.  Merry Christmas to all.)

This year is the first time I can ever remember not having much Christmas Spirit.

Honestly I’m not really sure what Christmas Spirit is so I thought I would write about it to see if it helps me figure it out.

I guess most people would say Christmas Spirit is the feeling of joy and the spirit of giving.

I know when I was a kid Christmas was the most anticipated time of the year.  The joy and the spirit of giving wasn’t the reason for the excitement, it was the joy of getting.

I was a kid and that’s what Christmas was all about.  It was the one time of the year (besides your birthday) that you got gifts, nice gifts.

But it wasn’t totally about me and what gifts I was going to receive.  I also loved the family getting together, the lights, the trees and the special once a year food.  (Steamed shrimp, yum / fried oysters and oyster pie, yuck)  Christmas Eve was the only time of the year my grandma got out her fine punch bowl and filled it with ginger ale and scoops of orange sherbet.

I grew up but hung on to the love that I had for Christmas. Continue reading

Leave The Past Behind

Leave The Past Behind

The other evening I read 2 Samuel Chapters 11 and 12.  It’s the story of King David, Bathsheba and the price David paid for his sins.

If you’re not familiar with the story here is a recap.

One day King David is up on the roof of his house looking around.  He looks down and sees Bathsheba taking a bath.  She is described as “very beautiful”.  David wants to know who she is.  He asks and is told she is the wife of another man. This doesn’t stop David, he has her brought to him and then next thing you know Bathsheba is pregnant with David’s baby.

David knows that this isn’t going to look good.  The holy king knocking up another man’s wife. Continue reading