I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)

David - December 31, 2008

In the spirit of MCQ’s focus on resolutions, I refer to this scriptural passage:

Mark 10:17 And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?

18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none agood but one, that is, God.

19 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother.

20 And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth.

21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.

22 And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.

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Auld Lang Syne … for Olden Times.

D Christian Harrison -

It’s been a wonderful year.

Not financially, of course — but it’s a fool who measures success or joy in dollars and cents.

Here’s to an even better turn around the sun: may peace, love, and light fill your homes in the new year.

And to send you out: a couple musical recommendations…

Frank C Stanley Orchestra, 1910 (via ODEO)

Hotel Café, 2008

Of course, you can’t listen to it without knowing what you’re listening to… so saunter over to the wikipedia article: Auld Lang Syne.

Re-solution

MCQ - December 29, 2008

Setting resolutions for the new year is a widespread tradition, but Mormons should be more inclined to set them and, just maybe, more able to achieve them.  Why?  Because we, more than people of other faiths, believe people can change.  In fact, we believe there are no limits to the amount that people can change.  We even have a name for this belief: eternal progression.  What is eternal progression but an endless series of resolutions made and kept?  So, now that you know that new year’s resolutions are an integral part of the gospel, what are yours for 2009?

Tale of a Christmas Goose

David - December 19, 2008

A woman approached me at a service station last night. She was looking for money, claiming it was for gas. She pointed to an old Ford Explorer, saying she was stranded and her kids were waiting in there for her to take them home. I’ve heard this pitch a dozen previous times at gas stations– with slight variations– over the years. “I just need a couple dollars to get home.” She looked through me, not at me. Her schtick was rehearsed, practiced, tired, void of any humility or any emotion. “I’m a Christian,” she said. “I pray to God you can help me.” Now I was pissed. “Stop it,” I said. “Don’t disrespect God to me.” “I mean it!” she protested. “Look,” I said as I took out some bills, “the routine’s old. Try something else.” She gave me a rehearsed look of dejection. “Merry Christmas!” she spat at me as she went off with my lunch money (NOT in the direction of the station cashier to get gas, I might add).

This kind of encounter never ends well for me. If I responded cheerfully and forked over the dough without hesitation, I’d still feel like a mark and a bad steward of my money. If I denied her the money, I’d feel like an ass. As it turned out, I knew I was getting took, but because I couldn’t swear to it on a stack of Bibles, I reluctantly handed over the money on the off-chance some little kids might get home safely or, at least, get some hot McDonald’s. But since I exacerbated the situation by protesting as I did, I felt no reward was to be found. I let myself be used and surgically removed any charity from the incident myself. And I hate that she said “Merry Christmas” to me!

To what extent do we share? Do we give everyone with their hand out the benefit of the doubt and let the Lord sort it all out later? Are we to be more responsible for the allotment with which He entrusts us?

These questions will forever plague me.

Delete from your Christmas Playlist

Christian J - December 8, 2008

Let me just recognize that Christmas in America is a mingling of religious and secular celebrations. Hearing “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Silent Night” back to back will shock no one. Like it or not, that’s the way it is. There are, however, a few songs that find a good deal of play that have nothing to do with Christmas whatsoever. Here are my top picks. I’ll let the lyrics do most of the talking. (more…)

How Much Do We Let Them “Govern Themselves?”

MCQ - December 4, 2008

A question has arisen in my mind as I have been discussing (to put it charitably) Church attendance with my 12 year old daughter.  She is awesome in many many ways and I love her with all my heart but she is possibly the least motivated member kid I have met when it comes to Church attendance.  She just doesn’t want to go. 

After letting her choose her own path for a time (read: she slept in while we went to Church), we discussed this issue in mind-numbing detail with her and we have arrived at the solution that, for now, she is required to attend Church with us as part of her responsibilities as a member of our family (thus making Church attendance the rough equivalent of making her bed). 

This is obviously not a long-term solution, but it is our hope that in attending by fiat, she will eventually gain a testimony and have a desire to attend without being forced to do so.  Are we doing the right thing?  How much freedom do you give children when it comes to things like this?

Please note: My daughter doesn’t read this blog (natch — it isn’t about Twilight).