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Of course, this is open to interpretation by others besides Calvin, especially if I were to include verse 17 * , which I didn’t, because it would have spoiled Calvin’s fun.

Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’  Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.  Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.'”  — James 4:13-15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 * Verse 17:  If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.

 

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Calvin and Monday morning

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Welcome home, Rachel!

Island girl and old friend Rachel has just completed a two-year term with the Peace Corps in Ethiopia doing health-related work.

Rachel & host mother in Ethiopia

After celebrating Christmas with her family at Grammy Hazel’s, she’ll be back to the island, and Marya can’t wait. 

Welcome back, Rachel!

Kids in Ethiopia and the reason for Rachel's work

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Merry Christmas to all

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.   All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.   In him was life, and the life was the light of men.   The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

 

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

 

–John 1:1-5,14 (ESV)

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Calvin and grace

Calvin has struggled with his sin all year.  He knows that he doesn’t deserve anything from Santa for all the grief he has given his parents, his teacher, and Susie next door.  Santa has every right to ignore him this year and fly on by with his reindeer.

And yet, presents for Calvin appear miraculously under the tree.  Note Calvin’s relief at not getting left out.  He knows that it could have been otherwise, and he’s thankful almost unto tears for the second chance (He also may look just a little bit triumphant, and this worries me.  It suggests that he may take this as license to pelt Susie with snowballs after the toys are unwrapped).   

Notice also that the source of the presents, presumably his mom or dad, stands just outside the frame of the cartoon.  I have no doubt that Watterson meant it as a metaphor for God (you may interpret Santa Claus, but you’d be wrong) and the presents a metaphor for grace.  A free gift, not coming from one’s self, lest anyone might boast (Ephesians 2:8-9).  Whatever Calvin does next, the offer of Grace is still on the table.

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Bill Watterson didn’t name Calvin and Hobbes by accident.  The Protestant reformer/theologian John Calvin and the philosopher Thomas Hobbes live on in the form of a boy and his stuffed tiger-come-alive. 

Here Calvin struggles with the existence of God, thinly veiled in a discussion of Santa Claus.  What I love about Calvin is that he is always asking the right questions.  Oh, he may arrive at, uh, inappropriate conclusions (manifested in his sinful actions such as plastering Susie Derkins with snowballs) but he at least asks the questions.  It’s a start, and I have great hope  for Calvin.

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I like this Christmas tree, in front of Cory and Cari’s house, better than the 11 million dollar one, dripping with jewels, in a hotel in Abu Dhabi.

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