After a year and a half on hiatus, “Windows” is back. A lot of things have happened over the last eighteen months. The kids are growing up, families getting bigger, and grandkids are now three in number with another on the way. Life has been good. I have been anxious to get Windows up and going again. That yen crested over the top recently because of a “Summer Blog Tour.” A facebook group I am in is having a cyber road trip through the blogosphere. Not wanting “Windows” to be left out, I decided it was time to pull back the drapes, throw open the shutters and let the sun shine through the windows once again. With so much going on since our last blog, there were lots of things deserving a second glance. Even now there are some great by lines published.
- There’s the guy in Massachusetts that insist his 3 month old German Shepard puppy drove his car into the pond. Wouldn’t you have loved being in on that conversation with his insurance agent?
- There was a brawl between an Orlando, Florida judge and the public defender. The judge is now considering anger management classes. You think?
- Want to know how to get the most fun out of a small fortune? Some guy in San Francisco has discovered the Biblical secret. He is hiding $100 bills in envelopes all over the city. They are on light post, mail boxes, street car seats, everywhere. Rice-a-Roni city is in upheaval as 190,000 people are checking the “Hidden Cash” twitter account for that day’s latest clue.
However, if one is going to resurrect something, Jerusalem would seem to be the best location. It seems there was a little unplanned excitement with the new Pope’s recent visit. There have been several different accounts of the disagreement between the Pope and Prime Minister Netanyahu. Most have described as a good natured disagreement… and I am sure it was. Some portrayed it as rather tense… which is humorous to consider. One account, erroneously had the Pope correcting Netanyahu in the middle of a speech… that image is down right hilarious. “Excuse me… Ben,” as the Pope tapped him from behind on the shoulder, “one note of correction here….” With such high profile world dignitaries meeting, one could imagine the wide range of subjects they could be discussing. The plight of the Palestinians, poverty in South America, Argentina’s relationship with Nazi fugitives from the holocaust, the unrest in the showdown looming between Israel and Iran… any of those could have reasonably stirred some difference of opinion. The issue that brought them to the brink of blows (ok.. that was an exaggeration)… here it is….drum roll please… “Did Jesus speak Aramaic or Hebrew?” That was it. The Prime Minister mentioned Jesus speaking Hebrew, and the Pope could not let that pass. Stopping the Prime Minister for just a moment, the Pope informed him, “Jesus spoke Aramaic.” The discussion followed. Ok… to their credit, it was noted as a light hearted disagreement filled with smiles and the demeanor people would expect from men of character. Perhaps it was just a little intellectual jousting for fun? I still wonder why one debates that point in front of the press no less. Is there some critical point of reality that I am missing there? Or was a little OCD entering into the mental fact checking? Just in case there are any advisors to the Pope or the Israeli government surfing the internet and coming to this post, let me make a suggestion. Start with the resurrection from the dead. That’s the debate a Jew and a Christian ought to be having in Jerusalem. For the rest of us, maybe its just a good reminder of how easily minutia can jump up and take our attention hostage. We are quite good at manufacturing drama; getting our lives all torn up over something that means nothing. The emotional content of our lives should rise above the professional wrestler’s rants and the despair of our favorite character on a soap opera. Some times its just spilled milk. There is only so much of life… be sure we devote it to the questions and issues that matter.
Jesus was always being asked questions that made you wonder if the people knew the magnitude of to whom they were talking. One man approached Jesus worried about his inheritance, and his brother not giving him his fair share. Jesus put the whole thing in perspective with a parable. It was about a man who was rich…then got richer. He was determined to invest it well and live out his life in leisure. The only problem… the rest of his life was very short. Jesus point… “Who will get what he laid up for himself.” Not him! That is the answer. There will come a day when all of the treasures, riches and possessions of this world are just the rabble in the bottom of the toy box… that someone else will have to clean out. Don’t wear yourself out to get rich… lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven; that never rust or fade.