December 23, 2015

Faith is salted and peppered through everything at Christmas. (Amy Grant, singer-songwriter) As we approach Friday’s holiday, consider Amy’s further comments: “I love at least one night by the Christmas tree to sing and feel the quiet holiness of...

The “Son” Shines Through

By: Lynda Shadel   During my walks, I have noticed on sunny days that the sunlight is blocked by some of the trees. Yet, the light does get through, highlighting the leaves and branches, bringing them to life. The contrast between the sun...

Oh No! Losing Merry Christmas

By: Dave Illingworth Getting it wrong: VA hospitals forbid Christmas cards for bedridden patients. Getting it right: “I was sick, and you cared for me.” Matthew 25:36   Fourth grader Gracie Brown of Prosper, TX spent her time making homemade...

December 22, 2015

Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won’t make it ‘white.’ (Bing Crosby, American singer and film actor) People who live in the North often think of Bing Crosby’s hit song and dream of a white...

December 21, 2015

Christmas is a tonic for our souls. It moves us to think of others rather than of ourselves. It directs our thoughts to giving. (B. C. Forbes, founder of Forbes magazine) This is the season of the year when we do think of others more than any...

December 20, 2015

Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas. (Peg Bracken, late American author) When we think about the gifts we want to give at Christmas, we quite often consider material things like clothes, toys...

December 19, 2015

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. (African proverb) We’ve all had times when we really wanted to do something by ourselves because having someone else along would slow us down. That happens too often in today’s...

December 18, 2015

How many observe Christ’s birthday! How few, His precepts! (Benjamin Franklin, early American statesman, inventor, and author) Christmas is just one week away now, and we’re hearing more and more Carols and messages about the Christ Child...

December 17, 2015

It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped. (Tony Robbins, self-help author) Expressing the same idea, a film some years ago was titled, “Decision determines destiny.” Another way of putting it might be “Choices have...

December 16, 2015

To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan and not quite enough time. (Leonard Bernstein, late noted composer and conductor) Bernstein’s first criterion is well accepted, no doubt. To accomplish anything of worth, you surely need to...

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