Like hands inevitably injured by fireworks on the Fourth of July, some homes in the U.S. will suffer fire or other unnecessary catastrophes this Christmas season.
Whether you are a devoted Christian deeply enmeshed in incarnational theology this time of year or just someone who likes to decorate the house with lighted trees and elves on shelves, there are things you can do to protect life and property.
I will share some of that with you in a minute. But why do I care about all of this? Well, at least two reasons. One is that I remember a Christmas when my kids were little and we were unwrapping presents in a room in our house with a fireplace. I foolishly balled up a big wad of wrapping paper and tossed it into the fire.
It almost immediately flamed up and threatened to set ablaze what was on the mantle, besides filling the room with smoke. It could have been disastrous, but fortunately wasn't.
Another reason is that I serve on the board of a property/casualty insurance company that finds its roots in the Anabaptist (Mennonite, Church of the Bretheren, Quaker) community. (For details, click here.) Insurance companies do better when their policyholders don't burn down their houses inadvertently on Christmas.
So because I'd prefer that you live safely through the holidays and return in January to read my blog regularly, I pass along this Christmas infographic, provided to me by a law firm, Wettermark & Keith, mentioned at the end of it:
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A PRINCELY VOICE FOR PEACE
Prince Charles says he's deeply worried about the fate of Christians in the Middle East. As he should be. On the whole, things have not gone well there for Christians, despite some good efforts at interrelgious dialogue and understanding. Religious radicals have a different agenda.