moving to ‘Bethland’….
Post election depression is the ‘pits’! This is the Christmas season, a time to celebrate the birth of my Savior, Jesus Christ, a time to remind the world that Peace and Joy aren’t just dreams but are within our ability to find. You may be wondering where Bethland is. It is a state of mind, I woke up this morning and realized that our granddaughter, Beth, now 27 and a young wife and mother herself is much wiser than I gave her credit for. We have teased her, her entire life about living in Bethland. She is truly one of the kindest, gentlest, sweetest human beings I have ever met. Her heart is tender and loving, if not the wisest or most logical being on the planet. Her actions are not ever well thought out, sometimes she doesn’t consider all the ramifications of her decisions, she just does what she sees as necessary at the moment. She will literally give you the shirt off her back if she thinks you need it more than she does. Mean people make her cry and her heart breaks for the helpless. Most of the time though she goes through life just being happy to be here. Marriage and motherhood have brought ‘hard realities’ like financial worries and a little boy who has no fear of anything, to bear in her life but she still manages to find ‘Bethland’ and it is a wonderful place to be….
Bethland is a place where the sun shines even when it is raining, all clouds have silver linings, all homes are warm and full of love, there are no mean people, all old people, babies, the handicapped, dogs, cats and every other living thing on the planet are loved and taken care of. All motives are pure and all wishes are fulfilled. It is a place, the only place this side of heaven where peace prevails. In Bethland, when the real world invades the response is to push it back out with positive and appropriate responses to the given situation, bringing back hope and comfort in difficult situations. Being rich doesn’t require wealth, being poor doesn’t mean unhappiness, being sick requires only a spoonful of sugar….
Although Bethland is difficult to find sometimes, it is a place that should be visited often because there is where you can rest, reflect, renew, and just be, for a while, with no assaults from the outside. It doesn’t require preparation, or travel, no money, and no luggage. There are some things you cannot take with you though. All revenge, animosity, and anger must be left behind along with self-pity, ego, self-righteousness and less than honorable motivation. It is a place where humbleness, kindness and compassion will lead you to where the heart and soul can find the truth behind the message of Christmas. The message of a Savior and a perfect sacrifice made once and for all for all mankind for all time. The understanding of contentment with current circumstances because of the freedom that comes from forgiveness for sins both past, present and future. The knowledge that planet earth is not our home….
You can find it, yours may not be called Bethland but the name you call it doesn’t matter. Grace and Peace to journey through the season of Christmas with compassion, hope and peace that passes all understanding….God be with you all to celebrate the Savior everyday, all year around!