Lonely streets this morning.....

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  1. Scarlett O.

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    Wow! That's all I could think of this morning at 7:30 am. It's the day after Christmas and where is everyone? Yesterday, Christmas Day, along with the entire previous week has been a mad house of traffic and hustle-bustle.

    It rained all night long. In fact, it's rained all week long.

    I had to get my car to the body shop as I was in a car wreck 3 weeks ago. (No serious injuries - other guy at fault). Today at 8:00 was the earliest that they could get to me. So ...... there I was - on the rainy road - very early.

    It was quite a lonely ride. It was weird. I knew, of course, that everyone was either at work or at home asleep. I almost didn't go, myself. The rain, the cold weather, the desire to slam the alarm clock against the wall then it went off at 5:30, the knowledge that the body shop would still be there tomorrow afternoon - all of this contributed to my not wanting to get up and take care of things that needed taking care of.

    But I'm glad that I did. It's a big burden taken off my "to-do" list for the week.

    The young man who came to the body shop from the car rental place was very nice. We rode back to the rental place and both of us remarked on the eeriness of it all. It was like we were the only people on the planet. The rain only added to the strangeness of the empty roads.

    I thought about the sermon last night. I wasn't thrilled about having to attend church on Christmas Sunday night. I'm not legalistic about it - I definitely believe in church attendance - but church attendance should come from a willing heart and a desire to be there.

    Yesterday morning - I did indeed have a desire to be there. And it was a wonderful service.

    But last night - and especially after my pastor on the previous Sunday admonished us all and said that people who don't go to church on Christmas Sunday are idolaters - a little of the rebellious nature in me didn't want to return Sunday night - just for rebellion's sake. I'm that way sometimes.

    But I'm awfully glad that I went.

    He preached on our walk with the LORD. His text was Matthew 2 and the Magi. His main two points based on their lives were that we need to emulate their (1) time and (2) effort put into seeking God. He said that we don't give enough of either and expect God to put in all of the time and effort for our sake. He said that we should be the ones sacrificially making time and diligently putting forth the effort to seek the God, Almighty, who said that IF we diligently seek Him that we will find Him.

    He said that all of this isn't for our sake, but for God's glory.

    I'm glad I went to church last night.

    I still think the pastor is wrong about those who didn't attend being idolaters. But that's another thread.

    But he preached an excellent sermon for both services and I, for one, am going to pray and seek God with more time and more effort this up coming year - not for my gain - but for His glory.
     
  2. Benjamin

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    The day after Christmas seems to consistently be one of the most enlightening days of the year for me. I'm not sure why that is, but I will no doubt be meditating and praying for change most the day.

    P.S. just how young was this "young man"? Maybe it was a sign, you know what they say about age. :laugh:
     
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    does he pass the offering plate around every time you go?
     
  4. Scarlett O.

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    OOPS! Double post.
     
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    Too young for me! :D

    Without fail! He really is a good man. Some (relative few, but sometimes major) of his ideas clash with mine, but c'est la vie.
     
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    It does bother me to see (DANG IT, I keep typing WEE instead of SEE, GRRR!) people not want to go on Christmas. What better time? It's way cool when Christmas falls on a Sunday. I understand some people go to visit and such, but don't the people they visit have churches? Dunno if I'd call them idolaters for not going, but I might call them weird. LOL

    Empty roads...didn't see that here in big city area, but did notice that the people that were out were almost in a daze. Whether it was post-Christmas depression or they had too much eggnog, I haven't a clue. No smiling faces, no cherry chatter, no friendly hello's and such. It was like walking through a funeral set up to mourn the loss of happiness.

    So I picked a joke with the guys behind me in line about the shoes one of them had on and we were busting up laughing, then the joke got passed on to the people behind them as I was leaving.

    Maybe that should become a tradition. Go out the day after Christmas and make people laugh. :thumbs:
     
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    Day after Christmas is Boxing Day in Canada and in England. The shops here are closed, so there is little traffic. I like the nice peaceful day.

    Cheers,

    Jim
     
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    Empty roads?????

    Tell me about um----------------I went to school over at Louisiana Tech------and during Christmas break---Ruston was always a Ghost Town---deserted!!! I had a newspaper route in town while in school and was not able to travel home(Baton Rouge) during breaks---but you talk about a lonely feeling---the feeling of noone around during break--especially Christmas!!!
     

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