Science & Religion: Christmas Chaos

by: Mike S

December 21, 2010

You may be expecting a post about chaos theory as it relates to the Christmas story.  You may be expecting the promised resolution about higher-dimensional beings.  You may be expecting the next post in the science and religion series.  Or you may not be expecting anything.

Because of Christmas chaos, however, I basically didn’t have time to finish “Science & Religion #10” in time for this afternoon’s deadline.  Instead of feeling bad about it, however, it actually made me happy.  The things that kept me from writing the post are also the things that make my life worthwhile.

I’m thankful for my family.  I have an amazing, talented, beautiful, and thoughtful wife who genuinely cares for everyone around her.  She tolerates my musings about higher dimensions and the Big Bang and Noah’s flood.  She brings me back to reality and what is important in the world around us.  I love her forever.  I also have amazing and talented kids (who are getting to the point where they tire me out skiing).  I might not get to my “Science & Religion” posts because I’m spending time with them, but they’re far more important anyway.

I’m thankful for my extended family as well.  There are always various issues that come up in the course of normal life, but if it ever really comes down to it, anyone would do anything for anyone else.  They may be spread out around the country but they’re close to my heart.

I’m thankful for my job.  Due to a combination of everyone wanting their medical care done before the end of the month (deductible met) and other issues, my job is crazy busy.  But I have a job in these tough economic times.  I’m doing something I enjoy.  And due to the nature of my job, I get a chance to, hopefully, help people and improve their lives directly.

I’m thankful for my friends.  I didn’t work on my post last night because we were out late celebrating with friends.  But, again, I wouldn’t trade that either.  We have wonderful friends.

I’m thankful for my ward & neighborhood.  I live around good people.  I can’t walk down the hall on a Sunday without dozens of people greeting me and my family.  And at the same time, I share concerns about them and their children and their lives.

I’m thankful for Christmas.  Christ made many things possible in this world for everyone, so His birth means everything.  And even for people who don’t believe in Christ, Christmas is still a magical time.  It’s a time when we all think about others just a little bit more.  It’s a time when we’re all willing to give just a little bit more.  It’s a time of traditions and music and food and friends and family.

So, I didn’t get my planned post done, but it doesn’t matter.  I was doing things far more important.

Like a snowflake, out of chaos comes beauty.

Merry Christmas.

p.s.  Feel free to comment on things you’re thankful for, on Christmas, on chaos theory, or anything really if you want.

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5 Responses to Science & Religion: Christmas Chaos

  1. Stephen M (Ethesis) on December 21, 2010 at 9:24 PM

    It is good to be thankful.

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  2. mh on December 21, 2010 at 9:36 PM

    I am thankful to be on a pre-christmas vacation with my family … even if it has rained every single day we’ve been here.

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  3. prometheus on December 21, 2010 at 9:42 PM

    That’s all I have done for the last few days, too – spend time with family. Life is fragile, and one’s time is too precious and limited to squander.

    Gratitude for the people in my life. Gratitude for a God who always listens, even when I am grumpy. Gratitude for a Redeemer who thought I was worth saving. I’d be here all night if I really dug in.

    Great Christmas post!

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  4. jmb275 on December 23, 2010 at 8:29 AM

    Thanks for a great post Mike. I love Christmas, and although the current one is very very difficult for me, I still enjoy the holiday seasons.

    Oh, and I’m looking forward to some thoughts on chaos theory. It is fairly similar to what I study.

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  5. Mike S on December 23, 2010 at 11:36 AM

    jmb275: Sorry things are difficult. I hope the season turns out ok.

    It seems that everything in life is a combination of good and bad, happy and sad, etc. This is expressed in the BofM as “opposition in all things”. It was expressed in ancient China as yin/yang. Buddha talked about dualism.

    Life is not perfect, but I am thankful for the holiday season where we can focus just a little bit more on the good.

    God Lillejulaften.

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