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The Blind Spot

Each workday I travel a busy highway system to and from work. If you are a driver, you already know that there are blind spots that prevent you from seeing and knowing all that is happening around you. It seems that, like magic, cars on the side of us materialize out of thin air. I usually turn my head and check behind me when I am changing lanes, but even then, things might be happen in front of me while I am checking.

Another type of blind spot are the things that keep us distracted. Some of us are engrossed with entertainment media, others with hobbies and activities. There is nothing wrong with escaping the daily grind and enjoying distractions, but there are times we need to check our blind spots and pay attention to what is going on around us.

I am concerned about what is going on in our world. I am very concerned with the success of ISIS. I am also concerned with the growing debts, not only of individuals, but of countries around the world. Greece is just the first example of the debt problems that will soon face other countries. Puerto Rico, our protectorate, is finding it difficult to pay its growing debt. These events should warn us to what might happen with the USA debt that is growing out of control and eventually will have to be dealt with. Austerity, whether voluntary or enforced out of necessity is the only solution to debt. How will our citizens handle the evaporation of government handouts? I believe they will handle it as well as the Greek people, with riots, protests, bank closures, and account seizures.

I believe there are lots of warning signs as to what may lie ahead. We are seeing more and more terror inspired attacks all around the world. It could easily become much worse here. If you are a bible believer, you may have noticed signs such as the blood moon tetrad, the Bethlehem Star, the end of the Shemitah year and the beginning of a Jubilee year, which all points to a fulfillment of prophecy. I also understand that there is a red heifer that can qualify as a proper sacrifice in a yet to be constructed new temple.

I will say that, even though ISIS and other threats, such as Iran, North Korea, and others are popular in the news, as well as horrible events that happen here at home, the vast majority of people are good. I wish that each night the news would highlight and celebrate the contributions of the many people that make our community better. They could highlight an ambulance driver, a soup kitchen volunteer, an afterschool activities director, a police officer, a nurse, a social worker, and so many others. It would remind us that there are great people in our world. That our world is not just full of murderers and terrorists. Of course, I doubt if the media would ever move from its “if it bleeds, it leads” but I definitely hope they will.

So when we are distracted by life, let’s remember to stop and check our blind spots, because we just may never know what we might find there.

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Webster NY Christmas Eve 2012 Tragedy

It was the day before Christmas,
And all day on the news,
A gunmen had ambushed,
A fireman’s crew.

In the dark of the night,
The gunman did light,
The house where he lived
And a vehicle in sight.

A neighbor did call,
they called 9-1-1,
Never dreaming that first responders
would be met by a gun.

The firemen answered,
As a firemen should
To fight the fire
And save what they could.

Four fireman were hit,
Two of them dead.
What was wrong with this gunman?
What was wrong with his head?

The crews were pulled back
to wait in a safe haven.
As the fire spread from one house to the next
until the number of homes with fire was seven.

Neighbors were evacuated, the area secured.
A gun battle with police, then the gunman was dead.
He ended his own life,
with a shot to his head.

A terrible tragedy, some terrible news,
Where was God in all this, and where was He not.
The day before Christmas, turns white into blue.
Questions, more questions as to why and why not.

On December 24, 2012, a 62 year old man set up an ambush on firemen who responded to a fire that was set by the gunman around 5:30AM. This tragedy comes soon after the Sandy Hook incident. While arguments and discussion of gun control still are fresh, this is another heart breaking tragedy. This event took place in Webster, NY, less than 40 miles from my home.

The two fireman killed were: Michael Chiapperini and Tomasz Kaczowka.

The two fireman injured are: Theodore Scardino and Joseph Hofstetter.

These are brave men who showed their heroism again and again to fight fires and save lives. Our prayers go out for them and their families and to the community as they deal with the loss and injuries created by this tragedy.