Books….

On the campus where I live there is a book collector.  He has given me books from time to time to read – all very special – all neat!!

His wife passed away a few months back and he is going through all of her books and many he is donating to the libraries here on the campus and giving some to people to enjoy.

I have found one book to be very interesting. it is entitled, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas:.  It was written believe it or not, by The Library of Congress.  It is the revisits of the Spirit of Christmas during World War II.

I was six years old when that war broke out. I remember the blackouts.  I remember sugar being rationed.  I remember difficult times but “difficult” meant very little to a six-year-old but now the understanding is much further along.

The book is divided into chapters with each chapter representing a year.  I just finished reading the first chapter: 1941.  Pearl Harbor.  WOW!  How the people lived, reacted, survived the loss of life that went with all of 1941 and for next few years almost seems unbelievable.  But especially, at the holiday season.

Everyone back then did more as a family, survived on far less, and did not think the world should cater to them.  They loved, lived and for many, lost.  I have to say with the world as it is today, and the people in the United States as they are today, they almost need to have a war in order to knock them down a notch and not think that they can run things when they haven’t got the mind or the guts to do so.

I was just thinking of one of the vss. that I posted yesterday. I looked in my mind at some of the people back in 1941 and it seemed to me that the people back then had not gotten to the place yet of 2 Tim. 3:2.

“But mark this:  There will be terrible times in the last days.  People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God — having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.”

Scary is the word for today!  The Bible written over two thousand years ago is so current, so up to date, revealing the horribleness of what life can be like when God has been awarded a seat in the back row.

One other scary thing, too.  In probably twenty more years there will be no one left who has had a close link with life during the war years.  My generation basically is the final “link” to “other” years.  “Other” times of living.

I can look back now and see in my early classroom’s individuals who were of the beginning of the horrible lives, thoughts, actions that we have so profusely in our society today.  I remember one boy my age.  In those days no one wrote jeans, let alone look like something the cats had drug in.  The girls wore saddle oxfords, gathered skirts with eyelet showing at the bottom edge.

But this one boy back then presented the future as I see it all around me. Trashy looking, used very bad language, but under his breath.  He never studied or cared about growing into someone who would or could make a difference in society.  He used vulgar language with his hands.  He was simply nothing to any one, any where and you could see on his face the uselessness of his life.  When we were in 6th grade, there was an explosion at a gas station, he was loitering and was killed.  What a shame.  What a waste.  A life that God had created and with the free will that He gave Jack, Jack destroyed any possibility of being someone to whom his little world around him could look up to.However he did leave his mark on his generation.  The mark of the beginning of a slow fall-away from God and from all that God had intended for Jack to have.

His mark??  He left it alright. Because in my sight, now at the age of 83, I see where he was the beginning of the deterioration of lives in America.

God and Satan, you remember, had a conversation re Job.  God granted him the “privilege” of doing any thing to Job that he felt like.  Satan did it.  But he was restricted because God told him you cannot take his life.  God was, God is, God always will be in control but the heavenly effects/affects will not necessarily be shown in my life time but they are and will come/happen.

May God have mercy on all.

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