God and The Walking Dead

You may – or may not! – be surprised to read that I’m a big fan of The Walking Dead. I could never watch it on tv because Lon maintains he ‘got over’ zombies when he was 14. While I understand his point, I think, with what little he has seen of it, he’s missed a larger picture. The larger picture I see was, perhaps, completely unintended; but then I wonder about that, too, because the character Hershel brings up the subject to the lead character, Rick.

The zombies are merely a vehicle used to move the story forward. They are ‘incidental’, if you will, except of course to the thirty-somethings viewers who haven’t gotten over zombies. They (zombies) are more times than not, the catalyst for action for the non-zombies. While soap opera daily and weekly shows will be in the kitchen or living room or the hospital for days or weeks on end, this group of people move – a lot – due to the zombies. And so, like in real life, their lives change quickly, often with no time to prepare.

The compelling thing about The Walking Dead is the characters. These are not ‘flat’ characters who will do and say exactly what they have always done and said. Each incident they encounter changes them – much like our lives and the incidents we find ourselves in changes how we look at things, react to things, think about things. The characters are fully rounded (there are exceptions, of course), quirky, capable of surprising themselves and others. Just like we are.

During, say, the first five seasons of The Walking Dead, there were terrible instances that the group was able to outwit, overcome, surmount very nearly in the nick of time. And yet, you never get the feeling that it was a production method for getting to the next locale. One might feel the hand of God in the ‘nick of time’. Read your Old Testament and look at the ‘nick of time’ instances. I love passages in the New Testament when the Jewish leadership is just about to grab Jesus and we read that somehow, from their midst, he’s gone and is seen somewhere else. They make me laugh every time I read them. Not because I think they’re silly but because they show me that Jesus was different. Very DIFFERENT. Were I to find myself in similar situation, surrounded by people who hate me and want to kill me, I doubt you’d be able to find me in Largo or Clearwater at the exact time those bad folks were reaching out to hurt me.

There’s an underlying story of doing what is right. It is what holds the group together and draws good people to them. Yes; in some cases, they do terrible things. But remember King David had Uriah killed so he could have Uriah’s wife Bathsheba. And yet, King David was ‘the apple’ of God’s eye.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” The Walking Dead group support each other in their moments of poor spirit; they attract and help people who come to them who are poor in spirit. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted”. With their own lives in danger, suffering from hunger and fatigue, they dig graves to bury their dead and the dead of the folks who have joined them. “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth”. It is not only the brave ones of the group who make the group work; the meek ones, frail ones, cook or wash or watch children so the group as a whole are supported. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled”. The wrongs done to the separate members of the group are often times corrected by actions of the group because it was the right thing to do. “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy”. While this is not always the case, there is enough instance of it to qualify. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God”. Again, there are enough instances of this to qualify – the death of Hershel comes immediately to mind. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God”. Like in real life, the peacemakers often wind up dead (missionaries come to mind), or are stifled or held in solitary confinement. “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven”. You may think this can’t be visible in this ‘zombie series’ but in a way, it is. When a group member is stolen and does not inform on the groups whereabouts or who the members of the group are, I can see ‘persecution for righteousness. The only beatitude that I can’t apply is the last, “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you”. No one ever mentions Jesus and many times you’ll see people denying or fighting with God – much like Jacob.

Early on, when I was still trying to get Lon to watch The Walking Dead, Lon once said, “Fine program for a Christian woman to be watching!” Meaning, of course, that he thought it was terrible that I would watch. I tried to explain to him that it’s not satanic, not witchery, not anything proscribed by the Bible. But it’s a story of how, even inadvertently, folks can follow Jesus without even knowing they’re doing it.

 

What’s in a name?

Jessica wrote this post last year around Mother’s Day for us, and I think it to be timeless. It tells us much that we know but maybe only subconsciously about how important our mothers are to all of us, and how very important they are to our development. Think about this, Jess lost her mother when she was seven and yet, from accounts by those who know, she is a great deal like her mother. Last week, I reblogged a post that talked about the things we owe our mother, it was a humorous piece but it struck a nerve with me simply because the sayings contained there could easily have been said (and were) by my mother as well. Some thing are timeless in a society, and the role of mothers is paramount amongst them. Here is Jess. Neo

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When I was little, I would sometimes hear my father say that something or other was ‘like mom and apple pie’ – it was a synonym for everything good in life, and the clear implication was that mom had baked the apple pie. I don’t hear it much nowadays. Being a Mom is not, I think, much argued as a career option for girls, nor valued by teachers, and home baking (not chez Jess) not in fashion either. Here in the UK we are having an argument about how many children a child minder can care for, with all parties arguing the case for it because we need more women out there in the work place. I have several female friends who work and whose entire salary goes on paying for the nanny or the child minder. All the latter are female, but there is a class thing going on there; it is OK for women who couldn’t have a career in, say TV or whatever to mind children; educated middle class women like myself should get out there and have that career; if we get pregnant then we farm the little one out as soon as we can.

That left me thinking about who, then, will do what my mother did in my case, which was pass on values and moral teaching. I don’t recall being taught right from wrong – it was my mother did that for me when I wasn’t looking. It was my mother who took me to church, and, like countless mothers before her, helped pass on the values she had inherited. She had a career, she used to say – CEO the house and family. My Daddy was a determined sort of man, fond of getting his own way; he used to say he wasn’t always right but was never wrong. On the farm, his word was law – in the house, however, he would leave it to my mother – that was her realm. I am sure I did not get my own obsessive tidiness and love of cleaning from Daddy, who used to infuriate my mother by strolling in in muddy boots and leaving his ‘clutter’ everywhere. She gave me those things, and more. My sister (who is really my half sister) said recently, after I had persuaded a workman to do something she wanted done that it was like watching my mother at work. I asked what she meant. She explained that my mother had been an expert at persuading our father to do things in just the way I had. It set me to thinking what else of my mother’s I had absorbed without knowing it?

My mother died when I was seven, and my memories of her are fairly dim. Daddy was my great hero, and I never met a man yet who lived up to him. My sister says I am a man’s woman, and I do prefer male company. But I am my mother’s daughter in more ways than I know, and I am glad she made me part of her career. So, for all those mothers who have passed on so much to so many if us, thanks mom.

Mothers' Day Cake crop

Mothers’ Day Cake crop (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you spend much time around Jess,  you’ll find that she runs every man in her orbit as well. On her blog she is in the mind of us all at all times, and we’ll do nearly anything to avoid displeasing her. And you know what? It feels completely right and proper to us all, who are mostly twice her age, and some (not me) are quite distinguished in life as well. And that is a part of the reason we love her so. Neo

Happy Mother’s Day

from us both

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SOTU?

FUBAR

Watch a leader’s take on why

I watched this instead. Much more interesting.

Much batter than being attacked and lied to.

 

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Christmas Gifts and Home Protection

Sort of a mish mash but they also sort of connect. In any case, enjoy

How I wanted this when I was a kid! I had the pistol and shoulder holster though. But that Tommy Gun was to die for.

This is decidedly my kind of girl

And it’s time, I think, for a Christmas concert

And Navy won.

 

Allen West “Profiles In American Leadership Today’s poor examples versus history’s great ones” | AllenWestRepublic

This seems to be leadership Saturday, which is a good thing. here’s what a real leader thinks about our situation as we go into sequestration, compare the leaders we have now with the examples LTC/Congressman West gives us. Now tell me again which is better for the country.

ALLEN WEST’S WEEKLY WRAP UP VIA NEXT GENERATION TV

It seems like everyone all of a sudden is learning about something that has been looming for nearly 18 months – sequestration. That awkward word is Washington-speak for draconian, across-the-board cuts to federal spending mandated in 2011 because the unduly titled “super committee” in Congress failed to make more targeted spending cuts.

Some officials in Washington will tell you we don’t have a spending problem. (Boy, they must be drinking something good!) But when you analyze the cuts set to kick in today, you learn that they represent only a 2.4 percent decrease in the growth of the federal budget. Actual spending still will increase!

The cuts will be only $85 billion a year; the United States truly borrows that much in a month. The Federal Reserve also is printing money and buying mortgage security and treasury bond debt to the tune of $85 billion per month.

So what is all the hoopla about sequestration?

On Tuesday in Newport News, Va., President Obama decried the idea of sequestration. He never mentioned that the idea sprang from his White House. Instead, he highlighted all of the presumably terrible consequences for federal programs that could happen because of budget cuts.

As I watched this performance, I asked myself, “Is this the new face of American leadership?” I remembered when I was a military commander and wondered what my unit would have thought of me had I stood before them and complained about how bad things were.

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Some difference, isn’t it?

 

Girls, Cars, Guns, Beer, Football, Baseball, and Food, It’s All Right Here

Well, it’s Super Bowl weekend, so let’s lighten up a bit, while we confuse the rest of the world. Heh, we’re Americans, we’ve been mystifying and making the world wonder for a couple centuries, so why stop now.

This video came to me from Maggie at Maggie’s Notebook, she says somebody posted on her Twitter Profile, she likes it and I do as well. It seems to date to the 2010 elections but I haven’t seen it before. Enjoy

Remember 2014 is coming, and it’s a new ballgame.

I can remember when cars really were this cool

Maybe this is what we all need.

Have a Coke and a Race

You know you want to go to MickeyD’s

This ones been out a couple of weeks but still a good message

Nerds need to dream, too!

And, of course, an American Tradition

And a memory of one of the greatest of teams, if only Sweetness had scored in New Orleans.

Capitalism: It’s how we EARN our dinner.

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