Gunfight – Part 2

Tombstone - Wyatt, Morgan Earp talk with Ike Clanton, re-enactmentWell, as things escalated in Tombstone, Arizona it was becoming inevitable there would be a major clash between outlaws such as The Cowboys and former, as well as present, law enforcers.

It seems like a lot of people were wearing badges but they were having to be replaced regularly.  Also, who could you trust to uphold the law honestly?

Tombstone - Wyatt Earp re-enactment

Wearing a badge as sheriff, deputy or U.S. Marshal apparently wasn’t an easy task, and in reality placed a target on each one.  It appears the Earps sure tried their best to not get involved.

The Earps didn’t want trouble as they came to Tombstone to make a profit with their business adventures.  They even left their enforcement career behind, hoping to start over, living in prosperity and happiness.

Tombstone - Doc Holliday confronts Ike Clanton, re-enactment, faded lookWhen Doc Holliday came to town he apparently wanted to refrain from conflict too, particularly at the request of the Earps.

However, the provocation of the outlaws continued and he had no choice.  Tombstone - Doc Holliday confronts Ike Clanton, re-enactment - 2

Isn’t that also like life today.  People want to disrupt our efforts at home and abroad to better their agenda and disrupt efforts to benefit families, peace and prosperity.

Here is a video clip of Part 2 as the scene continues to build toward the eventual, deadly showdown at O.K. Corral.

Blessings,

Ron

Taste of Florida Christmas

Merry Christmas from north Florida.

As you travel around north Florida during the Christmas celebration you’ll experience warm weather.  That’s great for those traveling from afar, and of course locals enjoy it too.

This week was filled with joy, excitement, hustle and bustle, as well as travel congestion – but still the sense of being alive and well, and being blessed in Florida.

Beach goers just north of St. Augustine experienced the joy of the season 23324013753_d57603bfa9_kin more ways than one.   A few splashed around in the rolling waves as surfers looked for their perfect set.  We came upon a interested snowman too.  Instead of a snowman how about a sandman?  Or, Sandperson.

In St. Augustine, the sights and sounds were elevated as trolleys and trains moved people along the routes as they sang their favorite seasonal songs.  The lights and atmosphere was – and is festive.

While it’s a wonderful time of year to experience life, adventure, sights and sounds, what lasting memories will you have?  Do we really believe this is a Merry Christmas, or Happy Holidays, or whatever emphasis we want to place on it?

We do know that the sounds of laughter, excitement and joy, along with peace do not necessarily last forever here on Earth – although one came to provide Peace on Earth and Good Will Toward Men (and Women too).

Yes, let’s enjoy the seasons.  Let’s enjoy Peace on Earth as we strive toward it.  Let’s also think of eternal joy and peace as well.  I leave with you some excellent words of wisdom this Christmas season from Charles Swindoll’s Insight for Living devotion for December 25 – “A Christmas Masterpiece.”

“Before time began, God had in His mind’s eye a masterpiece – a beautiful picture of grace that His beloved Son, the second person of the Trinity, would illustrate with His life.

“Even before the breathtaking splendor of creation, God sketched out His plan for His perfect fellowship with humanity.  But not long after He had splashed color on the landscape, the deep, dark shadows of man’s rebellious choice to live independently of His grace obscured the beauty of God’s work.  Coal black, pitch darkness enveloped the scene, and all creation hung in suspense of what God would do.”

Do you know what God did?  You can read the rest of the message at http://www.insight.org.  You can also read from the scriptures in John 3:16.

I believe this don’t you?

This the the message of hope that we all seek.  The Savior slipped into our world to fulfill God’s plan.  We can celebrate Christmas throughout the year – enjoying God’s greatest present with Love.  Live life fully each day with joy, happiness, peace and knowing where we are going.  God made a way for us.

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