A lot has been going on over the last few days in our world! It is amazing to me - the more things change, the more they stay the same ... Here are a few not-so-random thoughts to chew on ...

  • The ROYAL WEDDING of Prince William and Kate Middleton was last week and I know people who were getting up early, DVRing the "big day," and even holding tea and crumpet parties! I remember when Prince Charles and Diana Spencer were married in 1981 - the early morning broadcast, the euphoria surrounding the day, the regality of it all. Frankly, I hated all of the attention given to the wedding. Any time you're invited to an event via a supermarket tabloid, it seems that we're missing the point. That said, I was reminded of the power of a wedding, especially when royalty is involved. Some day there will be an unimaginable wedding celebration - like nothing ever seen or conceived - when Christ returns for His bride (the Church). What do you know, that wedding is all about royalty and a Kingdom too.
  • OSAMA BIN LADEN was taken out by a US Navy Seal team over the weekend. Crazy when you think about it. In today's age of Global Positioning Systems, computer technology, internet connectivity, and satellite coverage, it took over 10 years to track him down. Immediately following 9/11 there was a $1 million bounty. I wonder if the the government will pay that out to the SEAL team, or if they are exempt as government employees. Either way, does it feel strange that celebrations erupted around the country as the news of his death spread? Admittedly, I wanted to hoot and holler and dance like everyone else, but something wouldn't let me do it. I think that something was humanity. Don't get me wrong, I believe the world is a much safer place without Bin Laden in it, but unfortunately there is still evil to deal with. There is still sin corrupting this life. That will always be the case, at least until the afore mentioned "wedding to come!" I'm relieved that Bin Laden is gone, to be sure, but I just don't feel like throwing a part about it.
  • Isn't it interesting that PRESIDENT OBAMA'S approval rating jumped 9 points after the country heard about Bin Laden's death? Last week we were a country recovering from a deep recession with gas prices skyrocketing and a health care system in need of fixing; this week we are a country recovering from a deep recession with gas prices skyrocketing and a health care system in need of fixing ... with one less enemy ... and the President gets the credit. (Just an observation, not a commentary!)
  • I love 80's CHRISTIAN MUSIC. Preaching on Palm Sunday I used a clip from a song I loved growing up ... in the 80's. While we had a lot of great music in my house during my childhood - Eric Clapton, Journey, The Who, Fleetwood Mac - I started listening to Christian music. Let's be honest, there wasn't a lot to choose from in those days; the pickin' was slim! As I listened to the song (Michael W. Smith's "Hosanna") I was reminded of a much simpler time. Not just simpler for my life, but simpler ways of living. As I sit and listen right now to Billy Crockett (another 80's Christian Music guy), the lyrics are simpler. The music is simpler. The message is simpler. Who would have ever thought that we'd look back on the 80's as "the good 'ole days," not because it was our childhood, but because it was easier?

Wait a minute. Now that I think about it, didn't the 80's have:

  • A royal wedding to kick off the decade ...
  • An Islamic militant who hated America ...
  • And a "savior" president leading out of a recession ...

I guess it's true - the more things change, the more they stay the same.

That's why I'm grateful for THIS ONE TRUTH - my God never changes.

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