December 18, 2017
This is the last “market report message’” of 2017.
We will not run at any of our three locations between Christmas and New Years. Our team gets a well deserved break from the treadmill and constant pressure of the weekly auction cycle that is the auction business. We will be open for check and title services and vehicle processing with a scaled back staff.
Christmas – It is truly a unique season. Is it, as the song says “THE MOST WONDERFUL SEASON OF ALL”? Christmas does hold personal meaning, and emotion to pretty much everyone – for some, it does bring feelings of true joy, for others it brings only heartache and emotional pain. So much of the emotion of Christmas is wrapped up in our own personal childhood experiences of Christmas. At the end of the day it is about a child — a very special child. Below is a personal favorite of mine, you may have seen it before as I have posted it here in the past at Christmas time. Hopefully it is good food for thought for you.
CHRISTMAS – By Harry Reasoner
The basis for this tremendous annual burst of buying things and gift buying and parties and near hysteria, is a quiet event that Christians believe actually happened a long time ago. You can say that in all societies there has always been a midwinter festival, and that many of the trappings of our Christmas are almost violently pagan, but you come back to the central fact, of the day and quietness of Christmas morning, the birth, of God, on earth.
It leaves you only three ways of accepting Christmas, one is cynically, as a time to make money or endorse the making of it. The second is graciously, the appropriate attitude for non-Christians, who wish their fellow citizens all the joys to which their beliefs entitle them, and the third, of course, is reverently, If this is the anniversary of the appearance of the Lord of the universe, in the form of a helpless babe – it is a very important day.
It’s a startling idea, of course. My guess is that the whole story that a virgin was selected by God to bear his Son, as a way of showing His love and concern for man is not an idea that has been popular with theologians. It’s a somewhat illogical idea, and theologians like logic almost as much as they like God. It’s so revolutionary a thought that it probably could only come from a God that is beyond logic, and beyond theology.
It has a magnificent appeal; almost nobody has seen God, and almost nobody has any real idea of what he is like, and the Truth is that among men the idea of seeing God suddenly, and standing in a very bright light, is not necessarily a completely comforting and appealing idea. But everyone has seen babies, and most people like them.
If God wanted to be loved as well as feared, he moved correctly here. If He wanted to know his people as well as rule them, He moved correctly here, for a baby growing up learns all about people. If God wanted to be intimately a part of man he moved correctly, for the experience of birth, and family-hood is our most intimate and precious experience.
So it comes beyond logic. It is either all falsehood or it is the truest thing in the world. It’s the story of the great innocence of God the baby. God in the form of man, and has such a dramatic shock toward the heart, that if it is not true, for Christians, nothing is true.
So, if a Christian is touched only once a year, the touching is till worth it, and maybe on some given Christmas, some final quiet morning, the touch will take.