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Earthly Pleasures

Updated on September 11, 2017

A Popular Earthly Pleasure

Following is an adaptation from Channel Masters, a previous hub I had shared.

Oh, the pleasure craves today, and television is perhaps the most popular earthly crave. First came sound, then light, then color. Now, also, it's digital, high definition, and flat screen. Add to that, today TV can even be viewed hand held, as we're on the go, via the "Smartphone."

The growth of TV has captivated audiences nationwide and worldwide and has held them spellbound to its staring eye. It doesn't take any effort to snap on the switch, or to push the remote, and zowie; we're zapped, glued for hours to the tube.

I, too, enjoyed that earthly crave. I had my favorite programs, too, including viewing an event happening one once a year every New Year’s Day on the West Coast – a 2-hour event. I lived across the country, then, and perhaps never dreamed that I would (or could afford) to personally witness that event. But then amazed perhaps was I when I did have that pleasure.

The Lutheran Hour 1995 Rose Parade float:  "Follow Me ... and I will make you fishers of men." Mark 4:19
The Lutheran Hour 1995 Rose Parade float: "Follow Me ... and I will make you fishers of men." Mark 4:19

Four Nights to Remember

Remember or forget, whatever is a person's "pleasure," I suppose. For me, one night, I considered, was good enough—a once in a lifetime experience. I guess then that I had four lifetimes, as I had the "pleasure" of experiencing it four times—four consecutive years in a row. And the media is right there as well, getting all the reports and brief interviews of others as well "camped" out along that wide boulevard every New Years' Eve, embracing the chill. For that help, controlled fires in canisters are permitted.

"It's marvelous," says many, all bundled up in anticipation of the world famous parade—The Parade in my mind; there's none like it anywhere in the world. "We do it every year!" others exclaim.

Thus, for a couple of hours a pleasant sight to behold at the dawning of the New Year day; "suffering" the chill was worth the overnight wait. As I had expressed to one, one day, "If you hadn't seen it in person, you hadn't seen it at all." Thus, my reason for my continuing the pleasure yet of viewing Pasadena's Tournament of Roses Parade via TV every year since even still that I'm once again living back East.

Following are a few actual pictures of The Parade from my photo album, perhaps emphasizing the crowd.

The Most Pleasurable Pleasure

Such pleasures can be enjoyed I guess via the TV, the centerpiece of many a home – parades, sporting events, movies...

Even a better pleasure, games played around the dining table after a meal, or on the living room floor, with family and friends. A better pleasure still in enjoying it all would be venturing out of the home occasionally to the actual event. Hence, enjoying the pleasure of fellowship, in whatever manner that suits one's pleasure, singly or in a group. Albeit, the latter being the better pleasure.

Earthly pleasures, however, in this temporal time soon find their end, pleasurable while they last, yet only a happy remembrance for a while when they come to an end. Earthly pleasures, opportunities to share one's faith, expressing one's joy in Jesus to another, that that one too may share the same joy and pleasure, the most pleasurable pleasure and joy.

© 2017 Charles Newcombe


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