1st Sunday in Advent 2017

Well, well, well a lot has been coming down the pike these last few months, some of it good but most of it not so good. Daily sexual harassment claims amongst the rich and powerful, efforts (overt and covert) to dismantle Obamacare, a tax reform scheme that leaves most of us Americans in the dust (and in time, eating it too) and an almost daily dribble of deranged and unhinged tweets from somewhere in Washington, D.C.. But I think after a number of high profile indictments and guilty pleas we can safely say that the moniker “fake news” is only used by the WH when the information is true. Personally, I’m glad that’s been cleared up. I’d sure hate to be reading something from WaPo or the NYT or CNN only to find out it was fake. Golly, maybe all along it was Trump who was fake. Can that be, Virginia? Say it ain’t so, Joe! Are you telling me that what the president has said over and over again and forever just may not have been true?? Oh, the humanity! Tick, tick tick…

Speaking of ticking, today marks the beginning of the Advent season 2017. It’s only 4 weeks until Christmas although if you went to Walmart in August, you could have bought your Christmas tree and ornaments at a discount because, according to Walmart, Christmas was just around the corner…in August (it’s a big corner). Did we have Thanksgiving yet? Oh, yeah, that’s right. It was on a Thursday this year right before the stores opened with their 50, 75% off sales. I was searching for a native American to invite him to dinner so I could apologize under my picture of Andrew Jackson. Oh, wait, that’s another story for another time.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, today’s reading from Mark sets the tone for this Advent season:

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Be watchful! Be alert!
You do not know when the time will come.
It is like a man traveling abroad.
He leaves home and places his servants in charge,
each with his own work,
and orders the gatekeeper to be on the watch.
Watch, therefore;
you do not know when the Lord of the house is coming,
whether in the evening, or at midnight,
or at cockcrow, or in the morning.
May he not come suddenly and find you sleeping.
What I say to you, I say to all: ‘Watch!'” (Mk 13:33-37)

No, I didn’t make it up. And no, Mark was not referring to Robert Mueller’s team. It is a reference to be particularly watchful this Advent season because life, as we know it, power, as we know it, is transitory. As an old person who wakes up each morning humming the Willie Nelson song “I woke up this morning, not dead again” I realize that I have yet another day to get it right after I messed up bigly yesterday. It’s another chance  to love rather than hate and to create rather than de-create. So the tick…tick…tick refers not only to other shoes dropping all over Washington, but also a reminder that there is still time; time to right wrongs and time to do no harm today.

and so it goes..

A little song, a little dance, a little coffee down your pants... 40 years in the high school classroom and now on my own. A chance to think about stuff and how it affects everyone, not just me. Now residing in Oregon volunteering for a refugee organization.

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