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Big Bob is our next door neighbor. He's not very tall, but until he got terribly sick he was "pretty round." He is one of the most generous, caring people I've ever known. He is always giving gifts - some funny at just the right time, and some lovely like the giant red poinsettia plant he left on our porch table today, rang the bell and walked away. I glanced out the window and saw him as he did it.

In addition to the phone call I made, Gramps went over to thank him. While they were visiting, Big Bob told him what happened yesterday. BB went to the local gas station, left his car running and went inside just to buy a pack of cigarettes. (I didn't know he smoked.) OK - you should never, ever leave your car running. That said, he came out and was standing to the side of the building lighting a cigarette when he saw a young man with a backpack (who had been leaning against the building) walk up to his car and reach out for the door handle.

Big Bob said "What are you doing to my car?" The kid looked around, a bit confused but didn't move from the car. Then Big Bob started walking toward him and repeated, "What are you doing to my car?" a bit louder but still in his kindly voice. The kid jumped back and put both arms up in the air in a surrender position. He started crying and said, "I didn't want to steal it, honestly! I just got out of prison and am trying to get home to my mother."

Big Bob asked where his mother lives and the kid replied with a town that is over 1 1/2 hours away. Big Bob said, "OK, I'll take you there." The kid was flabbergasted. He told Big Bob that was not necessary, but if he could take him to the local "half way house" in town (the homeless shelter), for $20 they would take him to his mother's house. So Big Bob took him there and gave him $20 and his personal business card.

Early that evening he got a phone call from the kid's mother. She was crying. She said her son came in the house and immediately said, "I need you to put me in a rehab program right away. There were more drugs in prison than I ever got on the outside and I need to get help!"

Big Bob looked at Gramps and said, "That's the way it's supposed to be, isn't it?

YES, Big Bob, that is the way it is supposed to be! As we celebrate Jesus' birth and remember all that he taught while he was on earth: That definitely IS the way it is supposed to be!

I wanted to share this beautiful and touching Christmas story with all of you in hopes that perhaps someone else might react in love and kindness when harsh words might be more natural.

No lectures on how lucky he was, please. God takes care of this child of His so he can continue to do His work.

Blessings to all.
 

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Lots and lots of people are having very hard times. Sometimes it may be the consequences of choices made. Sometimes not. But, always best to temper a harsh reaction by a rather making a thoughtful response. In the next few days I will be baptizing a little two year old boy. He has a brain tumor. It is terminal. His mother could not hardly speak she was crying so hard. Some might question if she's ever had the time of day for what Christmas means. Maybe. However, that's not even on my radar screen. Shared this with my staff yesterday morning in the regular weekly staff meeting. We're going to help her get through what will likely be the hardest Christmas she and her other three boys will ever face. Sincerely. bruce.
 

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Prayers for the family that they may find Peace through their sorrow, and acceptance of the fact that God is recalling this precious child to His arms as they all work through the long grief process.
 

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Lots and lots of people are having very hard times. Sometimes it may be the consequences of choices made. Sometimes not. But, always best to temper a harsh reaction by a rather making a thoughtful response. In the next few days I will be baptizing a little two year old boy. He has a brain tumor. It is terminal. His mother could not hardly speak she was crying so hard. Some might question if she's ever had the time of day for what Christmas means. Maybe. However, that's not even on my radar screen. Shared this with my staff yesterday morning in the regular weekly staff meeting. We're going to help her get through what will likely be the hardest Christmas she and her other three boys will ever face. Sincerely. bruce.
Prayers up for that young lady, and her whole Family....
 

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Every decision a person makes has consequences and ramifications.

Many decisions today seem easy... have a child or four out of wedlock... take a dose of methamphetamine at the party with your friends.... Move to a house downstream from the chemical plant to save $50 a month on rent...

But every decision can have unintended consequences, impact your life and the lives of others. Ramifications.

When I was in school, I had a professor that opened and closed every lecture with that word. "Ramifications". I remember that every time I have to make a decision.

Many people in our modern society are faced with horrible consequences of their own decisions and the decisions that others have made without even thinking of their impact on the world around them.

This is why socialism doesn't work. For example, the Brazilians are just now discovering that socialized medicine doesn't work because less than half of the ICUs now filled with Covid-19 patients are in the public health system used by 85% of their population. The other 15% have access to the other 55% of the ICU facilities because they have private health insurance.

That little boy didn't do a thing to deserve or acquire his brain cancer. But someone else probably made a decision that exposed him, his grieving mother and brothers to unspeakable pain. Ramifications.

When did the young man contemplating stealing your neighbor's car start making bad decisions, and why? What was his life example of how to live responsibly? He may have just met his first mentor, and one that certainly wasn't in his life before he started taking drugs and committing crimes against others. He may actually want to live a better life, but socialism will never guide him to live it responsibly.

When we make a decision to carry a self defense handgun, it's critical to understand the consequences and ramifications of that decision. Some are beyond our control - like the abusive media and government persecution that would follow an incident. Others are - like taking responsibility for training properly so that you can fire accurately and make the decision responsibly. Yet, even if you act morally and correctly your life may be ruined. That is perspective on life, and one that you need to understand well before making the decision to arm yourself.

How many of the 6 million new gun owners have even thought about that? How many have enough training to know how to avoid being disarmed by an attacking criminal, with the gun turned on them and their family?

It's time for our society and our nation to take responsibility for our individual actions. I hope and pray that the call your neighbor received was genuine, and that the $20 he gave the criminal he met at the gas station didn't go into the kid's arm. I also hope and pray that the mother and her family has the strength to survive in an otherwise cold and risky winter. Perhaps they will find comfort in faith, or survive through something that is otherwise constructive in their lives.
 

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Every decision a person makes has consequences and ramifications.

Many decisions today seem easy... have a child or four out of wedlock... take a dose of methamphetamine at the party with your friends.... Move to a house downstream from the chemical plant to save $50 a month on rent...

But every decision can have unintended consequences, impact your life and the lives of others. Ramifications.

When I was in school, I had a professor that opened and closed every lecture with that word. "Ramifications". I remember that every time I have to make a decision.

Many people in our modern society are faced with horrible consequences of their own decisions and the decisions that others have made without even thinking of their impact on the world around them.

This is why socialism doesn't work. For example, the Brazilians are just now discovering that socialized medicine doesn't work because less than half of the ICUs now filled with Covid-19 patients are in the public health system used by 85% of their population. The other 15% have access to the other 55% of the ICU facilities because they have private health insurance.

That little boy didn't do a thing to deserve or acquire his brain cancer. But someone else probably made a decision that exposed him, his grieving mother and brothers to unspeakable pain. Ramifications.

That little boy didn't do a thing to deserve or acquire his brain cancer...

When did the young man contemplating stealing your neighbor's car start making bad decisions, and why? What was his life example of how to live responsibly? He may have just met his first mentor, and one that certainly wasn't in his life before he started taking drugs and committing crimes against others. He may actually want to live a better life, but socialism will never guide him to live it responsibly.

When we make a decision to carry a self defense handgun, it's critical to understand the consequences and ramifications of that decision. Some are beyond our control - like the abusive media and government persecution that would follow an incident. Others are - like taking responsibility for training properly so that you can fire accurately and make the decision responsibly. Yet, even if you act morally and correctly your life may be ruined. That is perspective on life, and one that you need to understand well before making the decision to arm yourself.

How many of the 6 million new gun owners have even thought about that? How many have enough training to know how to avoid being disarmed by an attacking criminal, with the gun turned on them and their family?

It's time for our society and our nation to take responsibility for our individual actions. I hope and pray that the call your neighbor received was genuine, and that the $20 he gave the criminal he met at the gas station didn't go into the kid's arm. I also hope and pray that the mother and her family has the strength to survive in an otherwise cold and risky winter. Perhaps they will find comfort in faith, or survive through something that is otherwise constructive in their lives.
Hey M,

Oh, indeed there are "consequences/ramifications" for the bone headed things we elect to do, or not...

As to the Youngster with Cancer....

The Good Book has a few words... John 9;2 & 3

And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

Jesus answered, "It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him.

As for the bonehead tryin' to steal the car....All of HEAVEN rejoices when one sinner REPENTS! (Prodigal Son?)

It behooves us to PRAY for those who have gone astray....(and I can be a bit SHORT w/STOOPID):eek:

God Bless.

Merry Christmas
 

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Of course I have the best of hopes for these families. The problem is that I'm also a realist. Not cynical, just realistic. I may have been born at night (8PM to be precise), but it wasn't last night.

My concern for the mother of the unfortunate child with brain cancer is the consequence of there likely being no husband to help stabilize and comfort the family losing him in so tragic a matter. A comforting churchman can only do so much. There will be a life to lead while coping with that loss.

My concern for the neighbor is that by sharing his contact information, he may be targeted in the future by wanton criminals. Remember "con" as in "con job" comes from the "confidence" that "convicts" knows how to use to deceive those around them. If the objective is to get out of prison early, you display "good behavior" until they let you out, and then you do exactly what you want when free of their control. Of course the convict was in process of stealing the car. He doesn't want to go right back, so he adroitly covers for his actions when he's caught red handed. That doesn't stop immediately, and it doesn't necessarily trigger a crisis and epiphany.
 

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Shooter Granny, Tell your neighbor BB that personally I would hope that if I were in the same circumstances, I hope that I would do the same thing. That takes a BIG man with a BIG heart. Thank him for me. And thank you for passing along the story.
 

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Great story. You are a good man. We were out shopping today and saw a older street/homeless guy at a stop light. He was disabled and walked with a cane. I usually don't give money to the "homeless" but today The Lord wispered in my ear...That could be you...I reached for my wallet and all I had was a 5. I called him over to the truck and handed him the money. I can't be sure but when he took the money I think he was crying. Being homeless is bad enough but at Christmas it must really suck.
 
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