Hatfields and McCoys

The Hatfields and McCoys

The highly advertised and, for some, long awaited, History Channel mini-series “The Hatfields & McCoys” wrapped up last night. I know that my wife, Billie, and I, as well as many of our friends and family, we’re glued to the tv, either live or via DVR, for the three two-hour episodes. From what I have seen and heard (Facebook comments, etc) it seems that everyone enjoyed and learned from it. One of my friends even commented Wednesday night that they were glad and sad to see the final episode finally air.

This evening Billie and I were discussing the show and some of what it depicted. Overall we both really liked the series and thought it was a good production. But we also both agreed that the first episode, Monday night, was the best of the three. Billie commented that it was a shame that all six hours weren’t as good as the first two. And I agreed that Monday night set a high bar for the show, one that would’ve been tough to meet the next two nights.

You know, there are a lot of things that we see in this life that are filled with all kinds of hype and publicity. Many times the actual things or events fall well short of our expectations, ones that have been heighten by the “generated” enthusiasm around it. One other thing I know: after this life there awaits a place that we can’t even imagine it is so perfect and pure, Heaven is where I speak of, of course. For those that have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior, there’s a place to go that will more than surpass all of our thoughts and dreams. It’s no wonder Paul wrote “to die is gain” for it surely is for those that are covered by His blood.

Forefathers

John 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free
indeed.

Sunday evening Aunt Toots gave me a print out about the signers of the
US Constitution and the things they endured as a result of fighting
for our freedom. Some of the things I was familiar with and others
not. It was very interesting and eye-opening to read of the sacrifices
these forefathers had made for the birth of this nation. Without them
and their selfless acts we might well not have the freedoms we have
today.

Christ was the ultimate Sacrifice. He bore our iniquities. He took our
punishment. He assured the birth of the Church. And He made it
possible for us to have true freedom, no matter our place of residence
here on earth.

The founding fathers ratified the Constitution with the stroke of
their pens and made their sacrifices afterward. Jesus ratified the New
Covenant through the stroke of hammers upon nails with His life’s
blood after He had endured much with even greater suffering yet to
come. It’s true: freedom never is free, someone has to pay for it.