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Karma Comes Around

I’ve heard a lot lately about ‘Karma’ and ‘people getting what they deserve’ after a recent heart break and bad break-up of one of my children.  Their friends feel strongly about it.  It’s a comforting thought for the bad things people do – to think that they will get what they gave.  But that’s not really what Jesus wants us to do.  He wants us to do the HARD thing of ‘forgiving’ and not judging.  Which, in the end, truly does help the aggrieved person to forgive because it loosens the binds formerly held on them.

But what of people who do bad things and are NOT sorry at all for them.  People who are self-absorbed and only worry about their own feelings without empathy or sympathy for others?  Will “Karma” really get them?  Or, as my brother-in-law Billy says in his East Texas accent, “What comes around, goes around.”  Does it really?

I want to include a spooky story in this blog post where it does.  I hope y’all enjoy it as much as I did.

The following story is an excerpt from a book where the guy is telling the story of the spooky show he watched on TV as a boy called ‘Night Gallery’ which focused on the dark closets of the human soul.  One particular story stayed with him (as it does with me now!) and I will tell it in quotes straight from the book:

“Josef Strobe is a Nazi war criminal hiding out in South America-Argentina, I imagine.  In spite of his cruel and evil past, his deepest longing is simply to be a fisherman.  His history haunts him, forcing him to live in a world that is dingy and bleak, a vivid contrast to his opulent life while in power.  Always afraid of being caught and constantly on the move, he is a different kind of prisoner than those comrades who were captured years before and condemned for their crimes against humanity.

He stands in front of a beautiful painting of a fisherman in a small boat drifting serenely on a still mountain lake, imagining himself as the man in the boat, free from all the problems that he has created for himself.  Josef is drawn to the painting over and over again.  He asks a forgiving God to give him another chance, a chance to survive, but in truth is asking God to absolve him from his sins while he abdicates all responsibility for his actions.

As he dreams of being the man in the painting, he wonders if, by concentrating all his mind and all his desire, he could enter that picture, leaving behind the life he has created to enter a life he could only dream of.  It’s clear, though, that Josef has never known contrition.  In the midst of his anguish, he runs across a Holocaust survivor who recognizes him as a former guard.  Josef kills the Jewish man and tries to escape by leaving town.

Instead, he is captured after some tense moments.  He escapes and sneaks back into the museum, rushing toward the painting that holds the world he longs to live in.  It is dark not only from the lack of light but from the ominous presence of the moment.  He prays to God to allow him to enter into the painting, then suddenly disappears.  Rushing into the room seconds later, a security guard and a museum official hear muted screams where Josef had stood. The picture of the mountain lake is gone, and the curator explains that the painting of the mountain lake was a loaner.  In its place hangs the image of a man crucified in a concentration camp.  Slowly the camera scans to the picture, and we realize that Josef has taken the place of the person who was crucified.  In a twist of irony, Josef Strobe has found his way back to the world he created.

from Erwin Raphael McManus’s book “The Artisan Soul”Crafting Your Life into a Work of Art“- btw, I absolutely loved this book and recommend it to all artists of any religion.  It is spiritual at times but mostly inspirational and though provoking.

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The Holiday Season is upon us….and the fights have already started

I was surprised, baffled and confused by the hoopla going around facebook about taking the ‘Christ’ out of Christmas, etc.  I noticed some of the Christians posting their saying about that (of which, I admit, I didn’t read the whole entire statement because it’s something that goes around every year via email, etc. and quite frankly is mostly just people blowing steam) and I thought we were all pretty much aware of this fact.  Evidently, I was mistaken.  Quite a few people who aren’t Christian posted some scathing replies to some of the messages I saw.  Some of them were downright hateful but some were well thought out statements outlining their ideas.  I was flabbergasted by some of the comments some Christians were making to the latter.  They were in effect, totally forgetting what their religion is about.  This saddens me, because I am a Christian.   Christ was about love.  Plain and simple.  If you LOVE first, then everything else will fall into place.  His instructions were clear and precise – “Love God, Love one another” – and from a realistic standpoint this makes TOTAL SENSE.  I don’t understand why some can’t seem to grasp this concept.   Which is why I made my post on facebook out of love (and a little sarcasm, I admit – is ‘lovingly sarcastic’ an accurate description?)

A copy of my post is below:

There has been much diatribe on facebook about the whole ‘Merry Christmas’ wording…So, I feel I must put my 2 cents in….to everyone I say not only ‘Merry Christmas’ but also ‘Happy Holidays’, ‘Happy New Year’, Happy Halloween, Happy Easter, Happy Valentines Day, Happy 4th of July, Happy Hannukah, and Merry whatever celebration you want to have! 🙂 Thank God and give to the poor & needy, do something nice for someone else and have a nice day! 🙂

and I added a p.s. comment reminding everyone that it’s all about LOVE.

I wonder how many crazies I’ll get commenting on it.  And how many of my supposedly Christian friends will un-friend me because of my statement.  Because you know some hard core “Christ” word pushers will choose to take offense rather than to enlist in a sense of humor in the spirit it was written.  But that’s fine, because that won’t anger, irritate or otherwise annoy me – because I will remember what Christ is all about – and I will love them anyway.

The only thing good to come out of all the arguing is that maybe everyone will start to realize that the Christmas season (or Holiday Season if you prefer) (or those 2 weeks the kids get out of school in winter time) is supposed to be about giving something to someone who needs it.  Not spending $300 on electronics.  Not an excuse to shop until you overload your credit cards.  If everyone would use their money to give to those who need something – imagine how much true good could be done?  I’m not saying there is anything wrong with the tradition of giving a present to your family or your friend.  I’m saying that FIRST you should give to a charity, a needy family, a pet adoption center, the destitute, the elderly, the lonely, etc.  That is what the spirit of the season is supposed to be about and if we all concentrated on that more and arguing semantics less, we would all be more virtuous for it – and happier.

And by the way, Merry Christmas!  Happy New Year!  Happy Halloween, Happy Hanukkah, Joy to all, Peace be with you and Have a Nice Day ! 🙂

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