Letters to the Editor

Friday, December 11, 2009 at 1:09am

Fallen from grace?

In spite of the glorious thanks we have in our hearts this time of the year when we celebrate the magnificent birth of Jesus, I’m personally saddened by the present Tiger Woods saga. Despite his incredible talent and meteoric elevation in our society as almost a god, these stories help us to realize that he is also simply a sinner in need of a Savior; just like the rest of us.

However, isn’t that what the Christmas story is really all about, or have we forgotten in our frantic world of materialism and earthly success?

As this drama unfolds, only time will tell how much of this young icon’s “standing” will recover in our status-obsessed society. It seems that human nature loves to build gigantic monuments to our heroes and then tear them down when they fail us.

Today, I heard a reporter say that Tiger Woods has “fallen from grace.” If one is talking about the grace one receives from this fallen world, this statement is sadly true. However, from Heaven’s perspective, this “fall” came as no surprise because falling is what sinners do naturally. That’s why the Savior was born — to catch and then restore the fallen which includes us all.

For this reason, even in the midst of all the human chatter, we can be assured that the Lord in His still small voice is whispering, “I love you Tiger. I forgive you Tiger. I’ll help you and your wife through this Tiger. I’ll even turn this tragedy into a triumph, because where sin abounds, my grace abounds much more.”

In the midst of all our wonderful celebration this Christmas season, I encourage you to please pray for Mr. Woods and his family because… “but for the grace of God go I.”

Pastor Bruce Vyverberg, 37862

 

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200 Comments on this post:

By: slacker on 12/11/09 at 10:49

Loner, I think Truman's former business pardner had a lot of influence in his decision.
The nut in Iran, made a good point on insisting that it was Germany's responsibility to provide a Jewish state.

By: Funditto on 12/11/09 at 10:51

I agree slacker.

By: Loner on 12/11/09 at 10:56

I agree, if anywhere, the state of Israel should have been located on a no-man's land strip...a swath of fertile, Gentile-free land, between the two permanently separated German states. that would have been more just than stealing Arab land as a dumping ground for unwanted Jews. The Arabs did not pull off the Holocaust, they too were victims of WW2.

By: house_of_pain on 12/11/09 at 10:57

TGIPF, Blanket.

By: Captain Nemo on 12/11/09 at 10:57

slacker, we could have rice tacos too. lol

Here is something else to think about. What if the Greeks had lost to the Persian. Would western civilation had flourished. Better yet..would it have exsited.

In short we can not change what has happen. We can only go forward with the mess we have been given and do the best we can.

Just like Obama is trying to do now.

By: gdiafante on 12/11/09 at 10:59

There's a couple of good books on that point Nemo. Ironically, they are titled "What If" and "What If II".

Very good reads.

By: Captain Nemo on 12/11/09 at 11:06

I have intented to read those books gdia. My line of thought has come from sifi. One of the most unusual books I read was what if the planet killing meteor had missed earth and the dinosaures had become the dominate factor on earth.

What a differance that would have made.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/11/09 at 11:08

By: house_of_pain on 12/11/09 at 9:57
TGIPF, Blanket.

P?

By: house_of_pain on 12/11/09 at 11:09

Payday!

By: Captain Nemo on 12/11/09 at 11:09

lol house

By: Loner on 12/11/09 at 11:09

Germany pumps millions into Israel in the form of reparations. They don't advertise the fact. The US War Lobby makes sure that Israel has guns and butter...it's a time-honored scam.

I find it incredible that, as thousands of Americans face bankruptcy over oncovered health issues, the number one recipient of US foreign aid goes to a nation with a first-class nationalized healthcare plan in operation.

This is truly a "special relationship"; the receiving nation provides a much better healthcare system for its citizens than the donor country provides for its own citizens. This is sad, but true, yet nobody in the US Congress or in the US media dares to complain. Why?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/11/09 at 11:12

yes, payday! whooo hooo! i can go buy that pack of gum i've had my eye on.....

By: Loner on 12/11/09 at 11:17

Things ain't all that bad. Burger King has a double Cheeseburger for a buck...life is good...if you're not a beef critter.

By: Captain Nemo on 12/11/09 at 11:17

Mmm....gum

By: Captain Nemo on 12/11/09 at 11:18

Mmmm..cheeseburger

By: house_of_pain on 12/11/09 at 11:19

On a lighter note...how 'bout them Steelers!
*snicker*

By: slacker on 12/11/09 at 11:19

Next week Mamma Cass, and should the ham sandwich have been indicted.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/11/09 at 11:19

Retail sales jumped 1.3% in November, according to the Commerce Department, well more than the expected increase.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/11/09 at 11:20

Loner, i have a job so i certainly shouldn't complain!

By: house_of_pain on 12/11/09 at 11:20

Mmmmm...commerce.

By: Captain Nemo on 12/11/09 at 11:21

Mmmmm... Mama Cass

By: house_of_pain on 12/11/09 at 11:22

Oh, Nemo...no.

By: Loner on 12/11/09 at 11:24

I love Hinds Ward of the Steelers. He takes a helluva shot, then springs to his feet with am ear to ear grin...you gotta love a guy like that. A for Big Ben, that motorcycle crash seems to have done more harm than first thought...he ain't been quite right since, IMO.

The ham sandwich story is an urban myth, without substantiation. The myth was promulgated by the Beef Council.

By: MamaG on 12/11/09 at 11:29

If it is going to be this dang cold, there should be snow. Otherwise, there is no reason for cold weather. Just saying...

By: slacker on 12/11/09 at 11:29

Loner, I bet I can get an indictment.

By: Loner on 12/11/09 at 11:31

Jobs are like husbands/wives, can't live with 'em...can't live without 'em. We struggle and muddle our way through....side by side.

By: dargent7 on 12/11/09 at 11:31

OK, I guess Sid "V" is correct...The Beatles 'White Album" is a racist slur. (didn't they do time for being more popular than Jesus Christ?)
Anyway: Caution: I also fancy Pink Floyd's, "Dark Side of the Moon", obviously another racist album and it's followers for the last 40 years.
Thank God the nut-job aka, "Sid" isn't into Snoop Dog, Dr. Dre, and Eminem.

By: Loner on 12/11/09 at 11:33

And what about Ray Stevens? I loved "Gitarzan".

By: slacker on 12/11/09 at 11:37

Loner, I use to live behind Ray Stevens studio. Yeah..I know who cares.
But what if I hadn't?

By: Captain Nemo on 12/11/09 at 11:38

By: dargent7 on 12/11/09 at 10:31
OK, I guess Sid "V" is correct...The Beatles 'White Album" is a racist slur. (didn't they do time for being more popular than Jesus Christ?)
Anyway: Caution: I also fancy Pink Floyd's, "Dark Side of the Moon", obviously another
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Yes Pink is a racist slur.

By: Captain Nemo on 12/11/09 at 11:41

By: slacker on 12/11/09 at 10:37
Loner, I use to live behind Ray Stevens studio. Yeah..I know who cares.
But what if I hadn't?
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I'm going to pass on this one. It is to easy. lol

How about you house?

By: MamaG on 12/11/09 at 11:43

I guess Ahab, the Arab really could be racist, even tho' he was the Shiek of the Burning Sand...

By: MamaG on 12/11/09 at 11:43

slacker, I care!

By: Dragon on 12/11/09 at 11:43

"The Beatles 'White Album" is a racist slur."

Helter Skelter refers to a black uprising and overthrow. Then again, Back in the USSR appeals to the socialist utopian side. Good music, though.

Dark Side of the Moon is just classic. No one speak while it is playing.

By: slacker on 12/11/09 at 11:44

nemo, pink is an insult to red-headed people, they prefer Spectrum American.

By: Loner on 12/11/09 at 11:45

Slacker, you lived behind a legend. Forgive me, but I just had to schlep the lyrics in here...for the young ones -

GITARZAN
Ray Stevens

He's free as the breeze
He's always at ease
He lives in the jungle and hangs by his knees
As he swings through the trees
With a trapeze in his B.V.D.s
He's got a union card and he's practicing hard
To play, the guitar, gonna be a big star
Yeah, he's gonna go far
And carry moonbeams home in a jar
He ordered Chet's guitar course C.O.D.
Like A and E and he's working on B
Big W&W and R&B and even the chimpanzees agree
That someday soon he'll be a celebrity
Get it, get it, get it.

Gitarzan, he's a gitar man
He's all you can stand
Give him a hand, gitarzan

He's got a girl named Jane
With no last name
Kinda homely and plain
But he loves her just the same
Cause she kindles the flame
And it drives him insane
When he hears her say
She really does her thing
It's her claim to fame
Come on sing one Jane
Baby, baby, oh baby
Baby, oh baby
(How about that folks)

They've got a pet monkey who likes
To get drunk and sing boogie woogie
And it sounds real funky
Come on your turn boy
Sing one monkey
Let's hear it for the monkey
On Saturday night they need some excitement
Jane gets right and the monkey gets tight
And their voices unite
In the pale moonlight
And it sounds all right

Yeah, it's dynamite, it's out of sight
Let's hear it right now
Baby, baby oh baby
Yeah, shut up baby, I'm trying to sing
Get it, get it, get it
(Repeat Chorus)

By: slacker on 12/11/09 at 11:46

MamaG, thank you.

By: Loner on 12/11/09 at 11:49

Ah, MamaG, Ahab the Arab was another classic. Thanks for the reminder. Limbaugh or Beck might think about using that one as bumper music.

By: house_of_pain on 12/11/09 at 11:49

d7, what, no Back in Black?

By: house_of_pain on 12/11/09 at 11:50

Loner, ever notice that you never see Ray Stevens & Lee Greenwood together?
Same person? Hmm...

By: Captain Nemo on 12/11/09 at 11:50

slacker I was just playing. :-(

By: gdiafante on 12/11/09 at 11:53

I see that Dragon shares Charles Manson's gift for music interpretation.

By: slacker on 12/11/09 at 11:56

Loner, I agree. Actually the song was longer, but his producer Shelby Singleton, convinced him to shorten it for air play.
Next week, why I constantly bore people with useless trivia.

By: house_of_pain on 12/11/09 at 11:57

gd, I made the playoffs in my league...what do you think about Witten this week?

By: gdiafante on 12/11/09 at 12:01

Start him. He's Romo's security blanket, especially if they double Austin.

I haven't even checked on my team in weeks. I threw in the towel after the 100 point drubbing I got in November.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/11/09 at 12:03

Puff the Magic Dragon discriminates reptiles.

By: gdiafante on 12/11/09 at 12:05

"Michael, Row Your Boat Ashore" discriminates against motor boats.

By: MamaG on 12/11/09 at 12:06

slacker, you should write a book---some of this info is priceless! Ray Stevens was always a fave of mine growing up. To this day I sometimes say, "It's me again, Margaret, heeheehee," when I call my Mom.

By: MamaG on 12/11/09 at 12:09

Incense & Peppermint discriminates against other candies and Glade candles.

By: house_of_pain on 12/11/09 at 12:11

Blanket discriminates against Snuggies.