s skippy the bush kangaroo: ps i'm not going to help you win that football game

skippy the bush kangaroo

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

ps i'm not going to help you win that football game

skippy was quite amazed to receive this composition in an email on a family list that he is subscribed to (by blood, not by choice). most emails from this family list, which comes from the heartland, are full of faux news-like propaganda and exortations to agree w/limbaugh (there's a reason it's called the "heartland," and not the "brainland").

so it was quite nice to receive the following:

dear children,

it has come to my attention that many of you are upset that folks are taking my name out of the season.

maybe you've forgotten that i wasn't actually born during this time of the year. it was some of your predecessors who decided to celebrate my birthday on what was actually a time of pagan festival, although i do appreciate being remembered anytime.

how i personally feel about this celebration can probably be most easily understood by those of you who have been blessed with children and grandchildren of your own.

i don't care what you call the day. if you want to celebrate my birth, just get along and love one another.

...now, having said that...let me go on...

if it bothers you that the town in which you live doesn't allow a scene depicting my birth, then just get rid of a couple of santas and snowmen, and put in a small nativity scene on your own front lawn. if all my followers did that, there wouldn't be any need for such a scene on the town square because there would be many of them all around town.

stop worrying about the fact that people are calling the tree a holiday tree instead of a christmas tree. it was i who made all trees; you can remember me anytime you see any tree. decorate a grape vine if you wish...i actually spoke of that one in a teaching, explaining who i am in relation to you and what each of our tasks were. if you have forgotten that one about the vine, look up john 15:1-8.

if you want to give me a present in remembrance of my birth, here is my wish list; choose something from it:

1. instead of writing protest letters objecting to the way my birthday is being celebrated, write letters of love and hope to soldiers away from home. they are terribly afraid and lonely this time of year. i know because they tell me all the time.

2. visit someone in a nursing home, not just during christmas time, but all through the year. you don't have to know them personally. they just need to know that someone cares about them.

3. instead of writing "george" complaining about the wording on the cards his staff sent out this year, why don't you write and tell him that you'll be praying for him and his family this year...then follow up. it will be nice hearing from you again.

4. instead of giving your children a lot of gifts you can't afford and they don't need, spend time with them. tell them the story of my birth and why i came to live with you down here. hold them in your arms and remind them that i love them.

5. pick someone that has hurt you in the past...

...and forgive him or her.

6. did you know that someone in your town will attempt to take their own life this season because they feel so alone and hopeless? since you don't know who that person is, try giving everyone you meet a warm smile; it could make the difference.

7. instead of "nit-picking" about what the retailer in your town calls the holiday, be patient with the people who work there. give them a warm smile and a kind word. even if they aren't allowed to wish you a "merry christmas" ,that doesn't keep you from wishing them one. then stop shopping there on sunday. if the store didn't make so much money on that day, they'd close and let their employees spend the day at church and at home with their families

8. if you really want to make a difference, support a missionary -- especially one who takes my love and good news to those who have never heard my name.

9. here's a good one. there are individuals and whole families in your town who not only will have no "christmas" tree, but neither will they have any presents to give or receive. if you don't know them, buy some food and a few gifts giving them to the salvation army or some other charity which believes in me. they will even make the delivery for you.

10. finally, if you want to make a statement about your belief in and loyalty to me, then behave like a christian. don't do things in secret that you wouldn't do in my presence. let people know by your actions and words that you are one of mine.

don't forget; i am god and can take care of myself. just love me and do what i have told you to do. i'll take care of all the rest. check out the list above and get to work; time is short. i'll help you, but the ball is now in your court.

and do have a most blessed christmas with all those whom you love...and remember...

...i love you!

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posted by skippy at 11:20 AM |


commented by Blogger moderate, 5:28 AM PST  
Amen and a Merry Whatever to all of you and yours.
commented by Blogger Libby Spencer, 9:59 AM PST  
I'll drink to that.
What Jesus said...
commented by Blogger Jim Yeager, 2:23 PM PST  
This Jesus fellow sounds subversive. He should be arrested, subjected to innovative interrogation methods and then put in a stress position on a wood frame, before being left in a small, dark, confined space. WWPD -- What Would Pilate DO?
Very good find Skippy
commented by Blogger Ian Welsh, 2:08 AM PST  
Whenever some right-winger demands you say "Merry Christmas," remember what I always ask: "Which would Jesus prefer, His name on my lips or His love in my heart?" and then just walk away.

Merry Happy, Skip.
commented by Blogger Carl, 11:54 AM PST  

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