Hope for the Coming Years

  I am very interested in politics, which is something that started when we moved back to the United States after being in Germany for three years. I was eleven years old, and I had just started thinking about money, safety, and all of those types of things. So far 2016 has been sort of stressful for me as an American because of the upcoming presidential election. I remember too well the disappointment I felt that night when President Obama was re-elected. It had already been a horrible day (my brother was hospitalized for an infection in his broken finger, I was home alone with my siblings half the night anxiously watching the TV, so yeah) and that was just the cherry on top. Or should I say the anvil that smushed the whole sundae completely. I’m getting sidetracked here… Back to being stressed! 

I’ve watched almost all of the Republican debates, and I become flustered every time. I have so many questions about our future, so many things I want to happen with our country and not happen. I know who I do and who I definitely don’t want as our next president. I think about each statement from the candidates and analyze it and give my own opinion on it. I think it is good for all Americans, and especially Christians, to be active and involved in the electing of the right candidates for our country’s leading. Even though I still have a couple of years till I’ll be able to vote, I think it’s important that I be strong in my political beliefs from an early age. So I’ve said what I think Christians should do. I must say would Christians must not do. 

We must not forget our God. He is the one who is in control of everything. He is the one who is ultimately decides who is going to be our next Commander in Chief. He decides where our country is going. We can’t forget that, no matter how worried, angry, or anxious we become. We must do our duties as citizens of the United States of America and as (more importantly) citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven, and leave the rest in Gods hands. I have to remind myself of this all the time, because it is so easy to get caught up in these things and to forget that we have a Savior who asks us to give Him our burdens, because He knows that they’re just too much for us. Isn’t that amazing? So next time you get that feeling in the pit of your stomach, that nagging fear about where we’re headed as a country, remember to pray and give it all to God. He has never failed to bring me peace. 

Oh, and read Proverbs 10. In the end, the fool will fall, but blessings are on the head of the righteous. 

Redbeard – A Sherlock Theory 

So for those of you who are into BBC’s Sherlock TV show, you know about all those fan theories and all the thinking that goes into watching this amazing, complex, and uber detailed show. You know that missing one sentence could maybe lead to immense confusion several episodes later. “What on earth is Vatican Cameos?” you may have asked after Sherlock’s exclamation at John and Mary’s wedding. Watch Scandal in Belgravia (Season 2, Episode 1) for answers. (Scandal in Belgravia is one episode to proceed with caution, because of nudity and adult themes. Thankfully my dad watched it first and is an experienced editor, so we get all the good stuff and don’t have to worry about the trash.)

So, anywho, my sister and brother and I are careful to pay attention to the details after being surprised so many times by this show. You know when you’re watching a movie or TV show for the very first time and you predict everything that’s going to happen? Do you tend to like those types? I can honestly say I do not like them. But with Sherlock I’m afraid because of the ignorance that you have when watching. I never thought that *spoiler!!!* Sherlock would actually jump or *spoiler!!!* make an appearance at the end of that episode. I never thought that *spoiler!!!* C.A.M. would play an important role or that *spoiler!!!* Mary wasn’t actually Mary but an assassin!!! This show is seriously cray cray. But, on with the fan theory. We’ve been noticing how big of a role Sherlocks’ childhood dog, Redbeard, has been playing, especially in this last Season. We’ve bounced ideas off each other, but my sister finally wrote it down in full. So, here it is.

I have a theory, in which Redbeard is a large part of what we are missing. Redbeard was Sherlocks’ only friend during his childhood, and Sherlock would often get bullied. Redbeard would protect him if he found someone bullying Sherlock physically. One day Sherlock was being bullied by other children and they began to hurt him. Redbeard responded by protecting Sherlock and biting the children. One child had to get stitches, and so the Holmes were forced to put down Redbeard. Sherlock became miserable and depressed, and Mycroft became his only “friend”. He grew up with parents he could not relate to and an older brother who was highly intelligent but not very loving and who did not encourage affection. Which led to drugs and smoking in his early life. Sherlock had not had a true loving friend since then, and did not think he had enough strength to trust and love another being for fear of being hurt. When John came into his life, he praised Sherlock but also was critical, and had a right amount of indifference. Sherlock began to like John, and that one night when Sherlock was about to test his “luck” and weigh his life, John found him and killed the bully. He now realized that John filled that role in his life, instead of Redbeard. That is the reason Redbeard appeared in his mind palace during his near death experience, and also the reason it was in the same hallway that John saved him in. Now Mycroft uses Redbeard to tell Sherlock he mustn’t get too emotionally attached. And Sherlock replying with “I’m not a child anymore Mycroft” is telling Mycroft either he is now a man and no longer needs his brothers support, or that he is still carful with his emotions and will not let himself become too attached to John and Mary because he knows this will cause him pain. Mycroft was wretchedly unhappy as a child, watching out for Sherlock and trying to lead him in a way that would cause him the least pain. Thus helping him with the drugs, and he still feels as if he needs to protect Sherlock from any unnecessary emotions that could hurt him.

If you watch the show let us know what you think about Redbeard and this particular theory in the comments. If you don’t watch Sherlock and nothing’s stopping you from it, get busy! It’s the best show ever in my opinion.