When I was a kid, the Cub Scouts were a big deal.  I wore my dad’s uniform from 30 years prior and I always felt so proud.

I know these days they are under a lot of scrutiny and I have no point of view on all that– I just know as a kid, it was the highlight of my moments– making projects with my dad, experiencing collective focus and commitment.

I loved everything about it.

One year, we won an award.  The prize was a morning with Bob Hope around Christmas time.  We sat around a christmas tree and he made us laugh a while, then told us that it didn’t matter what religion we were, didn’t matter what we believed or didn’t believe– what mattered was that we learned to pause and realize the good in all things, regardless of what words or views surrounded the goodness.

He assured us we’d always find it if we looked hard enough and I just believed him.

Still do.

John 13:34-35 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you are also to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

“Want to keep Christ in Christmas? Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, forgive the guilty, welcome the unwanted, care for the ill, love your enemies, and do unto others as you would have done unto you.”

“Hungry for love, He looks at you. Thirsty for kindness, He begs of you. Naked for loyalty, He hopes in you. Homeless for shelter in your heart, He asks of you. Will you be that one to Him?”

Mother Teresa, In the Heart of the World: Thoughts, Stories and Prayers

“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?”

Bob Hope

“When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things – not the great occasions – give off the greatest glow of happiness.”

Bob Hope

I do benefits for all religions – I’d hate to blow the hereafter on a technicality.

Bob Hope