Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Saturday, December 25, 2021 12:27 am

A light in the darkness

For years now, since my kids were tiny, it has been my habit to stay up after everyone else has gone to sleep, watching in the dark as Christmas Eve turns into Christmas Day.

Christmas stories from the Bible generally come from Luke’s Gospel. But in recent years, one verse from John’s Gospel has reverberated with me more, and not just because I think about it at midnight. It’s a symbol not just of Christmas, but of everything — where we stand as a people and as a country, and where good and evil stand in this world. In both this country and the world, good is under constant, dangerous assault from evil. But evil has not yet triumphed.

Maybe it will. Maybe it won’t. We don’t know what the future holds. All we know is the present, here and now. And this present might look very different to a Ukrainian, or an Uighyer.

But here’s how it looks to me, as John’s Gospel, Chapter 1, verse 5, has it:

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

No whitewashing the past. No guarantees about the future. Just the Present, here and now.

That’s not the story Luke’s Gospel tells. It foretells the triumph of the Prince of Peace. But you and I, in the here and now, in the brief time we have here on Earth, have no guarantees.

What we have, I hope, is faith, even in the darkness. What we have, I hope, is the willingness and ability to work, right now, today, to bring about the Kingdom of God on Earth. What we have, I hope, will be enough.

Merry Christmas.

Tuesday, December 14, 2021 10:31 pm

Friday Random 10, Tuesday-night-after-class edition

Filed under: Friday Random 10 — Lex @ 10:31 pm

Rolling Stones – Get Off My Cloud
Chrissie Hynde – I Shall Be Released
Bruce Springsteen – The Rising
The Connells – ’74-’75
The Isley Brothers – Between the Sheets
Counting Crows – Goodnight Elisabeth
The Jayhawks – I’m Down to My Last Cigarette
The BoDeans – Don’t Be Lonely
U2 – New Year’s Day
Public Image Ltd. – Public Image

lagniappe: Dan Auerback – Goin’ Home

Friday, December 10, 2021 5:00 pm

Friday Random 10

Filed under: Friday Random 10 — Lex @ 5:00 pm

Monsters of Folk – Dear God
Wilco – Candyfloss
The Kings – This Beat Goes On/Switchin’ to Glide
Graham Parker & the Rumour – Local Girls
Hindu Love Gods – Battleship Chains
All-American Rejects – Dirty Little Secret
The Brains – Money Changes Everything
Bruce Springsteen – Better Days
Cat Power – Lived in Bars
Guns N’ Roses – Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door

lagniappe: Afghan Whigs – Night by Candlelight

lagniappe: Afghan Whigs –

Friday, December 3, 2021 4:54 pm

Friday Random 10, Top 10 Porch-Weather Day Edition

Filed under: Friday Random 10 — Lex @ 4:54 pm

R.E.M. – Mr. Richards
Rolling Stones – Satisfaction
Solomon Burke – Revelation Generation
Iggy Pop – Angel
BoDeans – Runaway Love
Offspring – Nitro (Youth Energy)
Blink 182 – Don’t Leave Me
The Clash – Rudie Can’t Fail
Sex Pistols – Belsen Was a Gas
Elvis Costello – Miracle Man

lagniappe: Third Eye Blind – The Background

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