Merry Christmas and Seasons Greetings.
Christianity is the greatest civilizing force the world has ever known. It is the greatest domesticator of men and governments that the planet has ever seen. There is no other religious idea that even comes close to the powerful effect it has had on every single race of people it has touched. We celebrate the birth of Christ today for a weird array of reasons that have nothing to do with Christ and yet somehow this holiday ends up being one week of the year when men in the West at least make the effort to appear humane and kind towards one another. When one realizes how little Christianity has altered basic human conduct we dread to think what would happen if we ever abandoned this sweet delusion.
You've frequently heard Christ described as a crutch. That's an error by people who don't understand human character. Jesus Christ is a stretcher. It's a litter pulled by trained pekinese that you are strapped to. You can't even limp into heaven on your own power. In order to gain entry into heaven you would need some spectacular miracle equivalent to splitting the Red Sea. That's what the sacrifice of Christ accomplished for every single one of the children of God. Through no merit of your own, in spite of yourself, you can receive grace.
God bless you and watch over you in the coming year and help you in everything that you do. Remember that the evil that is on the earth does not persist forever but passes away but the good that is on it comes from God. Keep good cheer and do not give into despair. We only tarry a while here and then our redeemer will come and wipe away every tear. Until that day we struggle with whatever tools we have to be salt and light.
On this blog we tell you about the bad all year round the way one speaks to soldiers because we sense you are one of those strong people that the Lord made in his wisdom to hear the worst. One day of the year you should remember all the good things in the world we never mentioned because it is those things that demonstrate the existence of God. If there is anything good, anything true and anything beautiful in the world you should think on these things often to remind yourself of just how much there is worth living for.