Wednesday, April 8, 2009


The parallels between Christianity and Judaism are fascinating. This year, the Jewish holiday of Passover comes just four days before Easter Sunday. Jewish holidays are notorious for coming very early or late. Not this time as Passover begins tonight.

Passover is a happy holiday. It is the the story of the Jewish people’s escape from being slaves in Egypt. Moses led them by parting the Red Sea and drowning their captors. We who are drowning in red ink could use our own personal Moses right now.

It wasn’t easy back then and it isn’t easy right now. On Leno, President Obama said, ”It took us a while to get into this mess and it will take us a while to get out.” Moses basically said the same thing as it took the Jews forty years to wander the desert before arriving in Israel – and they still fight every day for their right to remain. Moses should have realized that in life, then and now, it is all about location, location, location.

As we look to count our blessings instead of our money, we can surely include the one about our freedom. In many places in the world people cannot come and go freely, speak their minds openly, dress as they like, listen to music or read certain books. Many people around the world live as slaves to their tyrannical governments.

Though we may not have as much materially as we had six months ago, we have the same amount of freedom-- perhaps even a little more! Freedom gives you many things that money cannot buy. With it you can actually be your own Moses, Jesus, Buddah or whichever higher power you chose. With vision and work you too can part the “red ink” and slowly get back into the black.

Finally, we need no longer to be enslaved to our possessions and can return to the promised land of simpler times when we counted family and friends, instead of how much was in our 401K or how much our house was worth.

Make these happy holidays by celebrating with those close to you all that you have, including your freedom, instead of that which you have lost. It is possible that even in the worst of times you have more than you think. You gotta count it all!

Bye For Now,
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