How Did We Mess-up the Reason for this Season?!
By Don Twobears
I believe, it’s that time of year, to consider…Love. Come on ya’ll, you remember that stuff, all the dates, the glowing eyes, the flutter in both your hearts. I remember when I first met my ultimate Heart-Throb, my beautiful Wife Monika. I was not Born-again yet, as a matter of Fact, I was just some months back from that war in Indonesia and I was almost totally messed-up in the head. I had gone to the “Raven Room” at the Officers Club, a bar in the basement that had a Dance floor. I was very used to getting as drunk as I could stand at the time, a few too many bad memories for sure. 4 young Ladies walked in the door and my buddy and I were sitting at the bar. She had long Brown hair and brown eyes, a figure to die for and a smile like no other woman I had ever seen! It took me a few songs to get the courage up, to walk over and introduce myself and see if she would like to dance. As of the past August 16th, we have been dancing together for 42 years and I am still absolutely amazed by my Gorgeous Wife! This is and was, a tale of True Love and I owe this to Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior!
I was just wondering, did you know, that the Lord God IS Love! Of the purest and most wonderful sort there ever was, because it required HIM to DIE for us, to prove that. But I do not want you to read what I say, it is far better that you read it for yourself, in the Bible.
1 John 4:8 “He that loveth not, knoweth not God; for God is love.”
So..for me and my Wife, we indeed know what Love is! I say this, as a testament to the Fact that the Lord God…IS…Love and brought my Wife and I together. So on that note, I must say, the year was 1974. Of course, my search for Real Love began when I was around 4-5 years of age. I was walking with my Dad through Tachykawa Air Base Japan. I saw a very Elderly couple walking along, both had totally Gray Hair and they both were slightly stooped over. What I found so unique, they were holding hands! For whatever reason, that struck me in a very profound way! I thought to myself, at that time and since, I want that kind of a relationship! I want to fall deeply in Love with someone, that wants it as much as I do…My Lovely Wife Monika! I lived a life, where I sought this very difficult relationship. My Life was filled with all the trappings and yet, there was no one that struck so close to the mark of Perfection. Though it was filled with heart-break, I continued my quest.
I had plenty of help though, like the Love songs of the movies my parents liked to watch. Then as I went through the 1960’s, there were Love songs everywhere! In High School, if a girl was given a School Ring by her Boyfriend, it was a terribly serious thing to do, almost as serious as Marriage. If they eventually broke up, it was an absolutely horrible existence, you wanted to DIE! Going steady, was a long drawn out affair. Moments of pure Joy and Happiness and then later on, such great despair, such feelings of pain and suffering, And what was so odd of those times, was there were songs written about a “Lost Love”, even “Teen Tragedies”, that would tear your heart out by the roots!
I had a girlfriend, my real first Love, while we were stationed in the Philippines, Clark Air Base. She was pure Joy to be around, so when her Family had to rotate back to the USA, my Dad kindly got me out of School a couple of hours early. We drove to the Base Terminal, where she and I walked around, not too sure of what to say to each other. Finally she had to go inside to board her plane, she kissed me and told me she loved me. I was slowly dying inside and I didn’t know what to say, besides that, there was this huge Grapefruit stuck in the Middle of my throat. My Dad and I left the terminal to drive home, Tears began to fall from my eyes and He dropped me off on the corner of our street. I sat there, my Transistor radio playing, my heart breaking and I cried like I never had before. The song that was playing on the radio was, “Rhythm of the Rain” by the Cascades and to this day I remember that time and that song. So there’s my little story, but the question that I have is this. “Where are all the “Love Songs” of today?! There are NONE! How sad is that?!
How is it, that people have not sought to write any more “Love Songs”? The Songs that lift your heart and make it sing along? I remember Bobby Vinton, “You are my Special Angel”, “Go away little girl”, The Shirells “Dedicated to the one I love”, Mr. Roy Orbison “Blue Angel”, “Crying” or “It’s over!” And there were so many others, to many to name, but equally wonderful and Heart-Wrenching. I also remember the Teen Tragedies like, “Last Kiss”, “Tell Laura I Love Her”, “Johnny Angel” and how devastating they made everyone feel, utter horror at the thought. So where are all these “Writers of Music” and why do they NOT write any more Love Songs, is there something missing today? I would have to say…there is a lot missing…Love!
If the Bible says God is Love, then it is evidence that the Lord God is missing in this world. Are you of the same mind-set as I am of this situation? Is there another explanation, that I am missing?!
Of course, for those that read their Bibles, the Students of the Lord, we know that we are in the “Last Days’…the “End of Times.” So we know this is how the world will be…am I not correct?!
2 Timothy 3:1-7 “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
So here we are, in the “Last Days” and the LOVE is no longer here, it has dried up and blown away. I envision, that there will never be a resurgence of Love Songs, as we saw in the past. No more melodies to drive the heart, no more fires of the heart! All we must do now, is watch the world (People) tear themselves apart, as they choose to pursue their Narcissistic dreams. Hand-Holding is a thing of the past as well and also, what happened to real “Valentine’s Day” cards and gifts? Is it just me or has this dropped off the life-line as well? It is so amazing to sit back and look around myself and see the World implode. Children it seems, do not grow up with those values of yester-year… how sad!
It would appear that wonderful things like “Christmas” are falling away as well, or am I the only one that hates “Happy Holidays?!” Those memories are being eroded away, bit by little bit, no one wants to make everything Glowing, Bright or Happy! This my Friends is a very sad time to be alive, because we as humans have lost so much of the things, that once made us so happy and glad to be alive. And so now we wonder why so many are committing Suicide, in valleys of such great depression, what do they have to look forward to?!
We need to scream “Merry Christmas” from the rooftops and tell as many as possible about Jesus Christ! We need to jump in and Tell the world about HIS Love for us, to the point HE went to that Cross, Bled and died…in OUR PLACE! The Sin of the world is not better, it is worse and worse! It will NOT get any better…it will get worse! The Born-Again Believers are now the FEW in the world.
Matthew 7:13-18 “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.”
What are we going to say to Jesus Christ, when we stand before HIM and look into HIS Eyes?! Will we be able to say, we did everything we could think of, to bring those lost people to HIM?! Will what we say be the truth…or will we see sadness in HIS eyes? Are we really HIS people or are they just words that make us feel better about ourselves? Please remember, HE knows the Truth!
How about we begin by saying “Merry Christmas” to everyone and truly mean it! How about we give to those that have so little and need as much help as we can afford?! How about we begin to speak about the Blood Jesus Christ, that covers our Sin, that makes us presentable before HIM?! How about, if we begin to live a life that represents Jesus Christ…as OUR Lord and Savior?! In HIS truth and Harmony! How about we learn how to show our LOVE to all…because they need it so much! Why don’t we begin to shut down the Pastors and Ministers of the “Prosperity Gospel and the Feel Good Gospel?!” The Truth will set you Free!
I do not mean to give everyone a Bummer at this Christmas time! Yet…are we loosing the masses, for Jesus Christ?! Are we loosing our Children and other Loved ones to Disease, Suicides, murders and the like? WE are the ones that need to put a stop to this…we need to call upon Jesus Christ…for the needs of these people and for the needs of ourselves. We need to place ourselves in HIS capable hands. We need to Pray fervently for others and let Jesus Christ call them! As with everything else in this world, it begins inside you and I…that has never changed. Lets make this a…VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS…as it was meant in yesteryear!
Merry Christmas to all…through Jesus Christ!!!
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
I use the King James version of the Bible and all emphasis is mine.
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