Posts Tagged ‘celebrations’

Out of the Darkness

October 14, 2010

The whole world has watched as the thirty-three miners in Chile have waited for rescue.  The waiting is over, and the celebration has begun, as all thirty-three have safely been extracted from the mine.  Now they will have to reenter society and somehow adjust to their new lives.  They will never be the same.

I see parallels to the Christian mission.  There are many people who are trapped in the darkness.  There is only one way out.  That way is straight and narrow.  That way is Jesus.  When people do come out of the darkness, all the angels in heaven rejoice.  We should rejoice with them.  Their lives will never be the same.  They will need encouragement and support as they begin their new lives.

They have come out of darkness, into the light.

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4th of July

June 29, 2010

Our community does a great job celebrating the 4th of July.  The day begins with the Noon Lions sponsoring a pancake breakfast at the community center.  Hundreds of people will choose to participate in this event.  Then the town sponsors a parade, normally starting at ten o’clock.  The parade is well attended with crowds lining the streets.  The children are especially excited about the opportunity to gather candy, lots of candy.  Then there are a variety of food booths and activities in the main park.  Those activities normally run into the afternoon.  For the evening fireworks display we drive over to the next town where there is a huge party going on.  In the park and around town, thousands of people are grilling, playing games, buying still more food at more concession stands and generally having a great time.  The fireworks display is outstanding.  Even the huge traffic jam is peaceful and friendly, no honking, as everyone tries to find their way home .

The only problem is that it can be a really long day. 

This year, since the 4th is on a Sunday, the schedule is a little different.  The parade will be at six o’clock Saturday evening, not Sunday morning.  I think that everything else remains the same.  It should be a good time.