A Safe Bet (short story by me)

Eli Jeffrey, VI uploaded his clone profile to the dating website.  He was a sixth-generation clone looking for a female clone of the same generation.  The closest computer match was an eighth-generation clone named Savannah Gardner, VIII.  Although their bodies were both roughly 24 years old, he thought it could be weird dating a clone whose original human dated back to 2036.  After all, that was when cloning first began to get popular.

It was shortly after the United States federal government legalized physician-assisted suicide without limitation.  Terminally ill patients had undergone legal physician-assisted suicides for years, but then the right to die was extended to anyone who wants to die.  After some glorified media cases of celebrities exercising their right to die, thousands of healthy young people elected to receive physician-assisted suicides.

In response to the deaths, fearful parents starting cell banking their children’s DNA.  If their child committed suicide, they would order a clone from the cryogenically preserved cells.  And they did. They cloned loved ones by the thousands.  Then, companies were cloning people by the millions.  It eliminated the need to give birth.  In fact, babies being born were so rare that Eli had never met an original baby before in his lifetime.

Since the computer found no female sixth-generation matches, he removed his profile from the dating site.  He hung his head.  Inside, he knew who was going to marry all along.  It was the same clone as the last three generations had married.  Eli Jeffrey, IV had married Alyssa Dearing, IV.  Eli Jeffrey, V had married Alyssa Dearing, V.  Now, he would follow the tradition of marrying his clone’s compatible match—Alyssa Dearing, IV.  It was a safe bet.

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Christmas Thoughts

As I decorate my Christmas tree, I think of how the fir was used to explain the Trinity. It has three points, yet is one tree.

As I string on the lights, I meditate on this: Jesus is the light of the world.

As I top it with a star, I reflect on how the magi followed the Star of Bethlehem to see our Savior.

When I put the gifts underneath, I imagine the gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh presented to Him.

As I fill my children’s stockings with candy canes, the shepherds that visited Jesus and their crooks come to mind.

When I decorate with red, I meditate on the blood shed by our Messiah. When I trim the house in green, I consider the everlasting life God gave to me.

Early Christmas morning, the kids run downstairs. Wrapping paper is flying and the kids are all smiling. Then they gather round to hear the Christmas story read from my Bible.

(From Luke 2:16-21) “So [the shepherds] hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.”

Thanks for reading my blog so I could share with you my thoughts and meditations at Christmastime. May the birth of Christ be our focus this year and every year. Our Messiah has come to earth to save us from our sins. Our joy should be full and overflowing. I pray your Christmas is merry and meaningful.

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