Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A Christmas reminder

Something Comes
(by R.P.Edwards)

Something stalking
Darkness, dieing, all succumb
Young and vibrant
Old and frail
All are destined
For…the veil
Hiding in the shadows, there!
Unimpressed by who, and where
None deterred by station, stead
Something comes
And someone's …dead
Oh, dear one
Perceive the ends! 
And seek the Life
That Living...lends
And bow before the “something’s” foe
Who died, and rose, and conquered…woe

Richard Holbrooke, diplomat, ambassador, author, editor, professor, husband, father, dead…at 69.  Stricken suddenly while in the service of his country. 

Just a pause to put a somber and necessary face on the Christmas season.  You see, a Savior needed to be born because the human race…needed (and needs)…saving.  Our universal and damnable offense is treason, and the penalty for the heinous crime is eternal separation from a loving God.  The judgment had to be rendered (for God is nothing, if not just) but, because He is Love, the Almighty provided a substitute to pay the penalty; to receive…the wrath.  And, since the debt was paid in full, those who are willing can find forgiveness at the foot of the blood-stained cross.

Yes, Christmas is about the birth of the Savior.  And, with all due sympathy for the Holbrooke family, this man's untimely end reminds us all…that our “individual” untimely end…is coming.  Let us remember, therefore--all who still walk this mortal plane--that the gift in the manger came…for the cross.  And,  “as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.” (John 1:12)


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