PLEASE – PLEASE – SHOP AT HOME… when it is all said and done, one of the largest casualties of the COVID-19 pandemic will be Main Street America. Sure MSA has weathered weather, stock market crashes, blight, epidemics (small pox, measles, scarlet fever, polio and flu), war (Revolutionary to domestic terrorism), and (fill in the blank) _.
Nothing of the above has systemically and relentlessly closed MSA and all the communities it serves; retail stores, services, government, schools, churches, sports, entertainment venues, family gatherings (including weddings and funerals) and etc.
Coming up is the most widely celebrated family and community holiday of all, Christmas, as a holyday and a holiday. Most of us have been shopping and planning for Christmas since the 4th of July, which is when Christmas marketing begins.
Now as we are nearing the most precious of days, and last-minute shopping is well underway. From prime rib to LEGOS, hot items are being checked off the lists. Just about that time is when last minute changes create consternations of where to and what to buy.
We’ll be dashing to the half-closed mall in hopes of filling the final gaps of our shopping list. Then a “dim” light will flash. “Wait a minute, isn’t that hardware still open? They did have an end of summer tool sale. I thought they closed!”
Drive slowly along MSA (Main Street America); notice the hometown stores still open. Make a “U” turn (try that in front of a mall) and pull in. If you can’t remember the owners’ name, he/she will welcome you, and perhaps knows you from church or the PTO. Go ahead mention you have some last-minute shopping to do, they’ll offer to help you out. If you’re stumped, ask about gift certificates. They’ll have one, or will create one with a store receipt.
If they look a little bit harried, smile and wish them well… they may be thinking if they can be open after the holidays… they have families too; kids’ presents to wrap and bills to pay.
SPECIAL OFFER… if you’re still stumped, call us here at the Record and we’ll try to help you shop in the Tri-City Record area. Call the record at 463-6397. If the number is busy call Amy at 876-1326 or me, Karl at 876-1327.
LAST MINUTE… Tri-City Record GIFT SUBSCRIPTION order form in this week’s paper on Page 3. Stop in or call 463-NEWS.
At the right time
When the prophet, Micah, predicted the birth of a Jewish ruler long before it happened in a Bethlehem manger, he probably had no idea about the Magi (“Wise Men”), the Star of Bethlehem, or about Herod, or about the shepherds watching sheep that night seven-hundred years later. He just knew the promise of the coming timeless one.
“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.” (Micah 5:2, NIV) This was a promise that took 700 years to fulfill at the right time. But God didn’t forget, and the Messiah did come and begin to fulfill this and many other prophecies. We can say “begin to fulfill” because He is not finished yet. There’s much more to come. For example, the promises of Isaiah 9:6, 7: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.” (NIV)
All this hasn’t happened yet – but it will, at the right time. Meanwhile Jesus has come for us. What a promise He has given! “I am the light of the world. He who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12. Discovering His light, His love, His forgiveness gives dark days new dawning. He always keeps His promises, and He will be right on time. Discover Him for yourself; 1-800-NEED-HIM.