It’s a Wonderful Life…

” But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives “ (2 Peter 3:10-11)

Devastation has brought tragedy in all our lives recently. It seems that every day brings more bad news of death and destruction. Consider all the photos of what is left after a flood or tornado and you begin to get a glimpse of just what is in store for this world. It’s called “Tribulation” and it is much worse than anything we have experienced thus far. Some theologians believe that God has become so disgusted with his creation, that he totally wiped the earth clean, twice. The first time he destroyed everything! In the book of Genesis, we read of a second chance and we blew that one so he did away with everything but a small family and two of each of the living creatures. He made a covenant that would guarantee no more wiping everything out by water, but he never said just how he would do it in the final step. Peter reveals that man will finally be judged by fire. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to consider just what nuclear warfare will bring. I fear we have detoured from his will to the point of no return. I regret that I have lived long enough to see America legalize abominations.

I wish I could write uplifting messages like Fred Rogers. I wish I didn’t see into the mirror darkly, but all will end soon and the end will not be pleasant. If you have not accepted God’s Greatest Gift of Eternal Life through Faith in Jesus Christ, it’s not too late, yet. SIN kills and the SINister minister is thrilled by that. He knows he has lost opportunity to be “GOD”. He knows the Truth, but that doesn’t stop him from bringing men, women and children down. All I can say is, “We ain’t seen nothin’ yet!” Better be ready! And, that’s what I get from MY box of chocolates. AMEN

Portrayals that change lives

Tom as Fred is worthy of The Academy Award!

Scripture says, “Let your light shine before men that they may see your good work and glorify your Lord in Heaven.” Tom Hanks and I share an epiphany. Mine was when I portrayed John Proctor in “The Crucible” at Stage Center in Bryan many years ago. Tom’s happened during his portrayal of Fred Rogers. When a role takes hold of your soul, there is a sense of belonging. It just feels right and, for years afterwards, you find you are reacting to situations as the person you portrayed would react. Perhaps you have found that to be true in your own life. You suddenly recall a scene in a movie or television show that fits the moment.  Take pleasure in that, just for that brief moment, you have paid tribute to another and it is most precious when you find yourself being “Christlike”. I am convinced that God just smiled and thought “Well Done”.  I do not know Tom Hanks, personally, but I do believe him to be a genuine individual who is utilizing God’s gift to God’s glory.  That is true humility in theater. and in life.  And that’s what I get from MY box of chocolates.    AMEN

Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done.

Look around you right now. When you get to be 88, approaching 89, you simply just enjoy the “look”. Limited to only fond memories and blessed to be around to have them, it is just about as good a Thanksgiving as one can have. My fridge is loaded with all the proper ingredients for a scrumptious meal and all that is required is for one of my room mates to arise and shine. I’ve already been visited by my two pups and they’ve had their Thanksgiving Treat, so here I am, writing to friends who are experiencing what God has provided. As the day continues, may we be a bit thankful for our blessings, too numerous to mention here. And, while you’re at it, thank those who keep us safe and sound. May the Lord Bless You and Keep You. May He smile on you and give you Peace. And, that’s what I get from My box of chocolates. AMEN

Fearing the Famous

There is a family made film making folks smile. It shows the reaction of two youngsters who meet their Christmas favorite character, “Grinch”, when a “Grinch” suddenly comes through a hedge. Sudden panic flight!
I recall the times we innocently took our children to events that had the same results. My eldest grew hysterical when at a pancake supper for Kiwanis, a person dressed as “Aunt Jemima” attempted to serve her. ( she never forgave us and “beejeemama”). My son refused to sit on Santa’s lap and screamed when my mom dressed him as a Court Jester in full face makeup and showed him in the mirror before he went “Trick or Treating”, he totally lost it. So, I suppose all parents have had similar experiences. Funny now, but not so much then, donchaknow. ( I expect comments from “All My Children”, by the way) And that’s what I get from My box of chocolates. AMEN

With A Song In Your Heart

Heart Song

I must have been told, “I can’t sing” numerous times and that proved to be false in many cases. I believe God places a song in each heart, but our human nature is such that it dampens it to silence and that’s a shame. That song is uniquely ours and since the SINister minister has complete control of nature, he can stop our singing it, but that doesn’t have to be the case. My Bible says that “one day every creature will begin to sing. To God “. That tells me that our heart song can be sung when our heart becomes Spirit led. And I believe getting a head start down here will bring hope and joy far exceeding expectation. Lack of music in a person’s life is by choice, not change. Most everyone has experimented with ‘song’ in the shower. If you haven’t done so, you’re in for a real surprise. Shower acoustics are the best! That’s why sound technicians have created that same sound effect digitally. When something is digitally enhanced harmonics add quality. Recording artists have long been benefitted by it. “Echo chamber” makes everything better, but reverberation destroys. In the business of sound production we call it ‘feedback’ and it isn’t good. What you get singing in the shower can be duplicated by a sound technician and it’s a HOOT! The first ‘echo chamber’ was a stairwell. We would place a speaker at one level and a microphone at another and by ‘tweaking’, we got a nicely rounded effect. Today, every shower stall is an ‘echo chamber’ par none. So, give it a shot by singing a song next time you shower. Be prepared for a thrilling surprise. Start out with “Happy Birthday To You” or “Jesus Loves Me”….whatever you choose, it’s the music of your heart that results. (If you want to be technically ‘musical’, try “Do, Re, Mi” from “The Sound of Music”) Personally, I like “Down By The Station”, donchaknow, really!

And that’s what I get from MY box of chocolates. AMEN