Hanging On To Better Days

January 13, 2012 in General

There is snow falling on upstate New York and in the upper-Midwest on this January morning in 2012; and it would have been wonderful to have had this snow for Christmas of 2011. Mild temperatures prevailed during the third week of December, and Christmas in this part of America was brown and green with mere streaks of white, hither and yon.

Beautiful, colorful Christmas lights

Beautiful, colorful Christmas lights

Even as the second week of January 2012 winds down, there are still some decorated Christmas trees and strings of lights adorning the windows of homes and likewise dotting the landscape of upstate New York; and this phenomenon may be presenting itself in your area as well. Certainly, those who put up the trees and strung the lights that still remain may be busy with innumerable life tasks. Or, perhaps in some cases laziness may be rearing its semi-comatose head. There could be fatigue, sickness, or other maladies that are keeping individuals and/or families from dismantling the Christmas regalia and packing it away until the season returns later this year…

…Or, it could be that in some or all of these cases, people just don’t want to let go.

For so many, there are pleasant and heartwarming memories associated with the Christmas season. There are the giggles, shrieks, or even shy smiles of children who have now grown and gone away. In many cases, divorce has taken away daily increments of time with children who lived with parents and forced it instead into weekly visits and two minute telephone conversations.

The economy was better a mere five years ago, and while we knew that life in this falling world would always be lived on shaky ground, there was the hope that if one worked hard that he or she could live the American Dream; perhaps running their own business or if that wasn’t their cup of tea – moving up the corporate ladder in the company that employed them because prospects for growth shined as brightly as the rising sun on the eastern skyline. Indeed, there was the freedom to dream, pursue, and create – while still being aware that danger lurked in the shadows and that an Islamic enemy controlled by Satan himself could alter the very landscape that we plowed and seeded. We were wary because in 2001 we had been attacked, and after that terrible September day we were warned to be cautious, but circa 2000 through 2007 we were undaunted. There was still that American Dream to pursue and Merry Christmases to enjoy.

As the first decade of the Twenty-First Century approached its conclusion and the second term of President George W. Bush finished with staggering disappointment, the air seemed to shift. Barack Obama never brought hope or positive change; but too many were willingly-deceived into believing that he would. As a watcher at the wall I saw trouble coming and as I continue to observe I say to myself, “no wonder so many are hanging on to Christmas.”

Christmas represents hope and joy, and it is a celebration of the birth of the One who is eternal hope and joy everlasting. No wonder the lights and the trees remain! The decorations have nothing to do with the birth of Jesus – nor should they ever become the true representation of Christmas – but they are color and glistening light and they are a foretaste of Heaven. While I have yet to see Heaven, in my spirit I do know that it is a place of uncompromising beauty and color. It is a place of glistening light created by, of, and for the Christ who died for us and rose again; desiring us to accept His gift of grace on faith, so we will one day know that color and light and experience that eternal peace and joy that transcends all understanding.

As we face increasing deterioration and rabid uncertainty in 2012, some delay the tearing down of the Christmas gewgaws and regalia – as they did in 2011, 2010, and 2009. Some are merely hanging on, and I pray that if they don’t know the Bright Morning Star that they will not delay in coming to Him. I understand and empathize with the longing and the sadness. But we must remember that in Jesus there will be gladness…

…But for now some are leaving up those trees and lights a bit longer. And as the snow falls today, I can almost smell the cinnamon and hear Silent Night and Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow playing somewhere – if not merely in my memory.

There are better days coming; you can trust me on that. We are all merely hanging on, but the path is laid out before us and like wayfarers we must walk – we have no choice.

But we never, no not ever, have to walk alone.

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First World Problems

January 12, 2012 in General

As this writer tracks the visitor statistics to this Walk The Towpath blog, web-surfers searching keyword phrases relating to 2012 are the most frequent visitors, with those searching Tim Tebow and John 3:16 closing in a tight second. If he leads the team past the New England Patriots, perhaps writings relating to the Denver Broncos quarterback will surpass all things 2012-related for the #1 spot? Let us hope!

Chimpanzees have better interpersonal skills than many in the First World.

Chimpanzees have better interpersonal skills than many in the First World.

There is considerable end of the world conjecture regarding the year 2012, and that has been chronicled through these blogs; hence so many visitors who have searched that keyword and those phrases related to it. Again, I will say with absolute certainty that the world will not cease to exist this year; however the world as it is known and loved by millions today may indeed come to an end.

Hell will not freeze over but seemingly hellish conditions may visit the First World, making many rethink what rates on popular culture’s list of First World problems. In 2012, a pampered and privileged First World culture and society may learn what problems, dilemmas, and hardships truly are.

Indeed, some – especially in America – may wish that the world would end as year 2012 is dragged on through the winter into to spring and summer. The likelihood of varying levels of financial collapse is high. Unemployment could likely rise as well as food and fuel prices. If major war breaks out in the Middle East sooner rather than later – and “sooner” may be the probable scenario – extreme hardship could visit the United States and Europe, putting First World problems on par with those of the Third World.

Third World problems such as hunger, poverty, lack, and unrest will increase in the First World as economic conditions continue to deteriorate and a move toward the One World Economy gains speed and intensity. With this will come diminished freedom and potential wide-scale rioting and looting by a populace pushed across the proverbial line of demarcation. Implementation of Martial Law is a likely scenario. Will all of this have happened by December 31, 2012? I can’t help but think that it’s a 50-50 proposition as I write today.

It’s advisable to be prepared, and by and large as a nation, we are not. We are weak and pacified; having lost the metaphorical eye of the tiger. Our ability to use technology and electronic communication keeps us on the cutting edge, but spiritually we are on the cutting room floor. Most of us have mastered the social media, but our ability to interact with live, in-the-flesh human beings has regressed to a level that would make a chimpanzee look expert. Technology has encouraged us to become lazy, tactless, and boorish; to wit, we no longer know how to compose formal letters but instead communicate through text messages and e-mails with acronyms such as BFF, WTF, LMAO, LOL, ad infinitum, ad nauseum.

I am not here to condemn but only to warn and to attempt to inspire. Don’t allow yourself to be put into a position of wishing the world would end in 2012. This is the year that the First World could begin to be absorbed into the Third World. What is perhaps most disconcerting is that those currently in the Third World have become hardened, while First World to Third World neophytes will be trampled underfoot not unlike Black Friday morning at your local Wal-Mart.

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The Apple and the Oil

January 6, 2012 in General

An unnamed source said the military deployment of US anti-missile ships and accompanying support personnel will occur in January and later this spring, Global Research reported.

Commander of the US Third Air Force based in Germany Lt.-Gen Frank Gorenc said it is not just an “exercise,” but a “deployment,” The Jerusalem Post said.

Washington and Tel Aviv have planned to hold what they call the largest-ever joint military exercise this spring.

via PressTV – ‘US deploys troops in Israel for Iran war’.

Middle East, Israel, Iran - the hotbed.

Middle East, Israel, Iran - the hotbed.

During this first week of January 2012, a variety of news outlets have reported that U.S. troops are being deployed to or are already in Israel, in preparation for war against Iran. This deployment begs the question: are American troops being sent to aid in the protection of Israel – our ally and the apple of God’s eye – or is this American presence to protect Saudi Arabia and the free flow of oil from Iranian assault?

The flickering embers of the Arab Spring and frequent Palestinian missile attacks on Israel will be drawn into into the raging inferno of full-out war. America will be affected directly; having been blessed that this major military conflict has to this day been forestalled. But, for how much longer?

Gasoline prices are rising partly on speculation that Iran could at least temporarily close the Strait of Hormuz, and Oil prices could rise $50.00 or more per barrel should that speculated act become reality. If, and perhaps more accurately when Iran, Israel, and Israel’s neighbors engage in war that will in some manner involve the U.S., all bets will be off as to how much oil will be available to the U.S. and China and what its cost would be. Indeed, America is competing with the Chinese, whose demand for that precious black gold continues to be strong.

Is America spiritually ready for what is coming? In this writer’s humble opinion, no she is not. In the Wayfarers fiction book trilogy, I have written a story that takes place during and after the feces hits the fan. While it is mere fiction, as these days and times of early 2012 continue to follow a turbulent path there may be a degree of “faction” revealed. I am blessed that I was able to write this story.

America must defend Israel and likewise she must inspire her citizens to again seek the face of God. Begrudgingly, we have been placed on a journey that is precarious and perilous while at the same time beautifully blessed. American men will need to be dutiful fathers and dedicated husbands. Fathers, love your children and be faithful to your wives. As America and the world changes, American men will again be called upon to be as the humble heroes of the World War Two generation.

As I write, there is no intent to capitalize on the 2012 end of the world hype, as it is patently false. Instead, I will once again say with sincerity that in this perilous year no matter how hard it is or how hard it gets, don’t ever lose hope.

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Occupy All Streets

January 1, 2012 in General

Seemingly, that is the goal of the iconic movement known as Occupy Wall Street; to change all of the world – in essence to occupy all streets and not just Wall St. They are “peaceful” and “non-violent” they claim, to maximize the safety of all participants. The 2011 Arab Spring is being used as the model by this movement to achieve its goal of bringing down “the man” and spreading equality throughout the land…

The 99 percent of what?

The 99 percent of what?

…But could it be possible that “the man” is actually the backing; the de facto executive producer of this travelling Occupy Wall Street show? Could it be logically claimed that the men and women who operate the Federal Reserve, the IMF, and the big banks worldwide are actually that mysterious, heavy-handed and greedy “man” who would benefit the most from movements like Occupy being successful?

Yes, the group that postures as the crusaders for and defenders of the 99 percent has been relatively quiet for a number of weeks, but Occupy Wall Street surged back into Zucotti Park and through Soho and the East village in New York City on New Year’s Eve of 2011. There were no major incidents and on New Year’s Day the flagging U.S. economy was in no worse condition than the day before.

Indeed, the globalist elites who desire control through a New World Order need America to fall in order for their machinations to become more than mere conspiracy theories. Coming quickly is a one world economic system and it is today being craftily constructed before our faces, though most lack the discernment to recognize it.

While for some of the participants the 1960’s were the halcyon days of their youth, Occupy Wall Street protesters desire more than to relive that decade or experience it for the first time. Much of what drives the movement is the lust for a neo-communal socialist utopia that will never be. Contrary to what they may believe, these protesters are in fact doing the bidding of the 1/8 of 1 percent who are bringing Wall Street and the American economy down systematically with cold, cruel efficiency. As for now the Occupy movement puts a face that is acceptable and admirable to popular culture on those captains of finance and industry who operate in the shadows of Europe, the Middle East, and the United States and truly do the work that is destroying the Dollar, the Euro, and the Capitalist system as we know it.

Some food for thought: Does Occupy Wall Street know what it is that they are protesting, or are they merely naive’, idealistic, recycled hippies and second and third generation flower children? Does the Obama administration have more than just a passing interest in this group and hopes for its success?

Will this movement become suitably empowered to occupy your street?

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Happy New Year

December 31, 2011 in General

2-0-1-2 – so many times I’ve typed those four numerals in recent weeks…

Watching the signs in 2012.

Watching the signs in 2012

I would like to wish you a Happy New Year. I am exceedingly grateful to all of you who have stopped by this Walk the Towpath website and have read the blogs and purchased books from the Wayfarers trilogy. It is my prayer that as 2012 unfolds that this site and the book series will go viral.

I am exceedingly blessed to have been able to write this Wayfarers trilogy. It is not a boast or brag for this writer to say that The Wayfarers is an exciting, dramatic, action-packed, heart-wrenching, tear-jerking, laugh-inducing, and potentially life-changing tale that is eerily reminiscent of events that we as a nation and a world may encounter in this new year of 2012. I can say with all honesty that this book series has thus far not enriched me in the financial realm but has certainly brought spiritual riches. As I wrote each individual book, I too went on a trek; through familiar places that I was able to view in a new and different light. The characters that came into being hang with me like old friends and I love them all…well alright, not all of them!

God bless you as we embark upon a peregrination into 2012 that will be as none before – and it will require our boots and sneakers to be tied tightly! No, the world will not end but it will certainly change; and we all need to draw close to our children, spouses, family and friends. It is a time for rebuilding burned bridges; if the raw materials are accessible. As we head into the storm that brings light snow now but intensifying wind; we would be well-advised to let Jesus be our guide as this storm will become blinding in its fury and only He will have the visibility to navigate us through.

Please be safe, and have a Happy New Year!…Jim

And now abides faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. ~ 1 Corinthians 13:13

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