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PTSD for Christmas—The Boredom, Dispatch 6

December 31, 2014 in Blogs

By Political Zach Foster

This dispatch is way overdue but thanks for bearing with me.
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An Afghan policeman stands with a British mercenary
The 24th day of The Boredomwas a lovely, sunny Sunday in Southern California. I woke up with plenty of time for leisure and knocked through a chapter of Erik Prince’s book Civilian Warriors: The Inside Story of Blackwater and the Unsung Heroes of the War on Terror. It’s a dynamite read so far, and as a libertarian I like reading about the ups and downs of the military’s private sector.
Later in the morning I took my mom with me to the Christmas service at the First Baptist Church of San Dimas. The First Baptist Church is the oldest church and building in my town—118 years old. It’s always been a small congregation—thirty or fewer people usually come to Sunday morning service, and there may be ten or fewer at evening service. However, it’s the small congregations where I feel most at home.
It’s written that “…if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven. For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst” (Matthew 18:19-20).
The mostly-white church interior was lined at the front with pine garlands and bright red poinsettias, all running along the piano, pulpit, and communion altar. It was simple but tastefully elegant. The highlight (other than the Salvation message, which is open to ALL people, regardless) was the Christmas music.
In the first twenty minutes the congregation sang Christmas songs from the old hymnal. Then, several members either sang or performed on instruments in front of the whole congregation. Kudos to the Santana siblings and their killer saxophones! The pastor rounded the service out with …read more


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