Echoes From the Campfire

But this here country has a pull on a man. You get to looking at the mountains, and at the stretches of wide-open, empty land…and it gets to you.”
–Louis L’Amour (Reilly’s Luck)

“It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going.”
–Hebrews 11:8 (NLT)
Now I don’t mind tryin’ a new thing or two, now and then, but normally I stick to those things which are tried and true and have meaning. Hmmm, let’s see what you think from this poem by Waddie Mitchell, titled, “Which Side?”

The argument we’ll now address
Has been going on for years
With debates among great scholars
And harsh words between my peers.

A philosophical question
Contemplating right from wrong
Dealing with the proper side to
Have your spur strap buckle on.

There are those who claim “tradition”
For others it’s “common sense”
Some cite “practicality”
Almost no one rides the fence.

But the truth…though I am sure there’s
Those among you who will scoff
Is that a spur strap’s merely there
To keep your spurs from falling off!

It has nothing to do with the Christmas season, but sometimes we argue over silly things. However, like I said, I am in favor of tradition when it comes to the holidays. Not that I’m opposed to trying something new, or letting some old fade away.
Between now and the 2nd of January, ponder your traditions and note anything you might try new.
Christmas Thought: “Christmas–that magic blanket that wraps itself about us, that something so intangible that it is like a fragrance. It may weave a spell of nostalgia. Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer, but always it will be a day of remembrance–a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved.”
–Augusta E. Rundell

No matter, and that goes for the atheists, we are affected by Christmas. The atheist gets in an uproar and tries to do away with it, but by those actions he is recognizing Christmas. You can’t get away from it. It is that special time of the year. Sure, it has gotten commercialized, but with the lights and music and laughter it still shows the mystery of Christmas. Truly it does wrap itself around us.
Enjoy the season; enjoy the day; enjoy the Reason why we celebrate. Hopefully, you have accepted that great, mysterious, wonderful gift from the Father of His Son!