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November 29, 2006
A Maddening Dash
There is a wonderful moment in the movie, “Castaway” starring Tom Hanks.
He has been marooned on a tiny Pacific island for 3 years after a plane crash. Early on he worked for days and days trying to build a fire. He tried everything he could to rub together in the hopes of getting a spark and starting a blaze. He worked tirelessly and when he finally started that fire for food, even the audience members were exhausted from his hard work.
After three years on the island he is rescued and
How strange it is when two things come up against one another and reveal the irony and oft-times the sadness of the situation. We then, see the differences so clearly.
I remember a few years ago when I was traveling in
Last week I walked out my driveway to get the morning newspaper. I came back inside and sat down at the table with my coffee and opened up the paper to the headlines. In typical huge newspaper headlines I read, “Mad dash for discounts.” Beneath the headline was a large color photo of a hassled and harried shopper with arms piled high with Christmas gifts. The shopper had a look of almost desperation; but she had her gifts and was, I assume, actually making a “mad dash for discounts.”
I glanced at the headline and photo and then read a bit of the article. It seemed like an innocent enough articles concerning the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. It was then that my eyes moved across the page just to the right of the “Mad dash for discounts” headline and saw the other headline.
burn as Shiites takes revenge in
After those words and phrases the article became even more intense.
No, I have no pro or anti-war comments here in this article. I certainly have nothing light or air-y to say either. It’s just that I pay close attention to the world around me and sometimes the craziness of the world is almost more than I can bear. One person in Columbus is stressed with mad dashes for discounts while a world away we have people who are mad and dousing and burning others with kerosene. And it is all recorded for us within a few inches of headlines in the newspapers.
We seem to lose touch with one another sometimes. I
certainly love this season of Advent and Christmas and have no problems with
the shopping aspect of it all. It is what we do here in
If you turned to page 4 of that newspaper you could read
more about the bargain hunters who were shopping on the day after
Thanksgiving. And…right beside it was the continuing story of the
According to those two side-by-side articles in the
newspaper…There were X number of shoppers and stores that were crowded
on Friday in
There really never is any way to sugar coat war and all
that happens; it’s just that at this particular time of year when we
hear songs and see signs that declare “Peace on Earth, Good Will to
All,” it jolts us. It jolts us to realize that we are espousing such
declarations in a world that is so dangerous. It jolts us to realize that
most people in
I have no words of wisdom or scripture passages to make it all go away or make it all go the way we want it to go. But I do know that in the movie, “Castaway,” Tom Hanks is rescued by fashioning sails for his raft. Finally he rows out against the incoming waves until he exhausts himself.
That seems to hold true for both shopping and war too.
Rev. Robert Tussing