The Shepherd and Uncle Jesse

Last night we “watched” It’s a Wonderful Life for the first time this year. Lora and I will have to watch it again because we tried to do it with all five kids and some just aren’t as engrossed and impressed with a black and white 1946 film as I am. But I got to thinking….Christmas can be a real stressful time and it’s all too easy to forget about the good stuff. I needed that reminder and almost heard Clarence say to me, “Jason, you’ve really had a wonderful life” Can’t wait to watch it again, just me and the Mrs.

And for some reason, unknown to me, I started thinking about the Dukes of Hazzard. Seriously. I used to watch them all the time. Used to pretend my bike was the General Lee. Anyhow, I was thinking about their CB handles. For those of you who don’t know what a CB is it’s like a cell phone with a cord to your car so it only works when you’re in it and anybody else can listen in. But have you ever picked up your phone just to call someone for help? Ever emailed or IM’d or texted someone hoping they’d answer right away? I do it, and that’s what the Duke family did a lot.

What’s this got to do with Christmas? Well, with all the crush of Christmas going on for me, I feel like one of the Duke boys calling out on the CB to Uncle Jesse…..”Lost Sheep to Shepherd, Lost Sheep to Shepherd, come in Shepherd” and I’m just hoping, praying that Uncle Jesse will hear me and come and help sort out the mess I’m in. Of course, in the show, they always got out of the mess they were in. Don’t call me blasphemous or anything, but isn’t that just like us, we get in a mess or lost and only need to call out for Jesus to come and help us (not that Uncle Jesse is Jesus or anything)?

So this “good ol’ boy, never meanin’ no harm” is doing what comes natural for all of us, I’m calling for help and for somebody to come and save me from this mess I’m in. Thank God Jesus answers when I call. He’ll answer you too. Just find a quiet spot and call out, Lost Sheep to Shepherd, Lost Sheep to Shepherd, come in Shepherd” (you know you want to)

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