DECEMBER 24, 2004

These are the Ramblings of a small town, (Holden, population 2,700), Missouri, country lawyer. They contain my random thoughts and observations on current events and my life and experiences in the Solo Practice of law.
Compiled here are the Ramblings for 2002 - 2004. 

Archived Prior Ramblings

In Memorium:
September 11, 2001

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Greets, Huggers, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.  Posted Christmas Eve Day, December 24, 2004. "Jesus is the reason for the season":  heard that alot this week. There are folks who believe this to be true ... and ... as it should  ... it is true, for those who believe. It is for me. But not for all and certainly not for non-Christians.  Perhaps the Jewish, Muslim, Pagan, Wiccan, Atheist members of our "Family" ... believe differently.  However, perhaps, they, like you and I, in December, wish to take a moment and reflect, on having survived another year ... and be grateful for a bountiful harvest, while looking out their windows ... at the stark reality of winter:  seeing, everything either dead or in hibernation. They don't celebrate a "Birth", but instead, celebrate the beginning of a new solar year  ... with the knowledge/promise/hope that the cycle of live will begin anew. This celebration pre-dates Christianity, many ancient societies observed winter solstice:  ancient Romans celebrated winter solstice as "Saturnalia", (a seven day festival).  Then as now, our lives have seasons, cycles. There is a spring, a summer, a fall and a winter: there is rhythm to life. Share with me, do you have the eyes to see it ... do you make the time to celebrate it?  "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. "  Ecclesiastes 3:1 - 8, you may recognize it as a song written by Pete Seeger, (and performed by the Byrds):  "Turn, Turn, Turn."

"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven."  This day is "a time of war", for some and "a time of peace" for others.  Tonight, (as has been the case for thousands of years),  you and countless others will "embrace" family and friends and celebrate this holiday, in the peacefully confinement of your homes or the home of a friend,  "a time to love", "a time to laugh" and "a time to dance" while others, our men and women in uniform and their families, stand watch or wait with apprehension  ... in countless homes across my America, in police cars, firestations and the backwaters of this Earth.  Some will be called upon "to kill", "to break down" and some will have cause "to weep" and "to mourn".   Today, there is no "Peace on Earth" and in some parts of the world "goodwill among men" is sorely lacking. Looking out the window, looking around the world, at a time of war, a winter in human endeavors, whatever your religious belief, or absence thereof, whether you believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God, a Profit or just a Gifted Teacher, the fact remains, the truths he taught, remain true today.  They provide guidance to promote tolerance, benevolent interaction and hope for peace and good will:

"Blessed are the poor in spirit ...":    it is good to set aside your haughty disposition and recognize you are no greater than the person standing next to you. (Matt 5.3)

"Blessed are they that mourn ... ":   it is good to feel regret over mistakes made, hurts done and opportunities to help others,   missed. (Matt 5.4)

"Blessed are the meek ... ":   it is good to practice humility, to walk humbly among your fellow beings. (Matt 5.5)

"Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness ...":  does this really need to be expounded upon? (Matt 5.6)

"Blessed are the merciful ... ":   isn't good to have a gracious disposition toward your fellow creatures ...to be kind and benevolent  and feel the miseries of others ... to regard with compassion the sufferings of the afflicted and to deal leniently with an offender and to scorn the taking of revenge. (Matt 5.7)

"Blessed are the pure in heart ... ":  it is good to lay aside malice, guile and hypocrisy. (Matt 5.8)

"Blessed are the peacemakers ... ":  it is good to love concord and harmony, hate strife and turmoil and actively seek and encourage others to find peace within themselves.  (Matt 5.9)

"Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake ... ": it takes true character to be prepared to suffer, be scorned, for standing up for what is right.  (Matt 5.10)
Ultimately, the reason for the season is our need to stop and look at what mistakes we have made, what changes we can make and what we can do better, to better ourselves, the lives of our loved ones and our society, our America. "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven." Today, for some, it is a celebration of the birth of Christ:  but more important ... for all, it is a celebration of our ability to take stock and renew ourselves. A time to think about the seeds of good will we can plant in the Spring:  to fulfill our "purpose under heaven".  Susan and I wish to take this opportunity to give all of you a Warm Holiday Hug, and wish you and yours the very best of this holiday season.  If my post offends, I apologize ... that is not my intent.
Holiday Huggers
Karl (the dumb ole country lawyer from Holden, Missouri)

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