On a clear Christmas Eve night, Charlotte stood next to the tree in front of the next house down from the home where she had grown up. Despite the frost on the windows and her shivering as her threadbare coat with no buttons billowed out around her from the cold, she smiled at the memories... Continue Reading →
Dear Santa, I never wrote a letter to you as a child, because I never knew where I might be, as my sister and I changed homes a lot. I don't have any memories of any of the Christmases before I became a mother. My children would write you letters, and you answered them quite... Continue Reading →
It bothers me when people get upset at others for saying "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas." I used to be one of them that thought that anything but recognizing that "Christ Jesus is the reason for the season" was tantamount to the worst sin. But, as I have reflected on Christmases past, particularly the... Continue Reading →
Douglas and I went to the mall yesterday to buy a cord to connect the new indoor antenna. It took us nearly longer to park as it took to drive to the mall. I was amazed at the numbers of cars trying to enter and leave the mall. I thought that nearly every house was... Continue Reading →
Merciful and Loving God, we come before your throne of mercy and grace, in total awe of your kindness and goodness. The gift of our Savior, Jesus Christ demonstrates for all time the depth, width, breadth, and length of your unfailing love for your children, the sheep of your pasture. Father, today as we celebrate... Continue Reading →
Like David in the 23rd Psalm, I have been blessed amazingly through the years. In his great psalm of praise to the Good Shepherd who provided protection, provision, and prosperity to him, he says, "The Lord is my shepherd. I have everything I need" (Psalm 23:1). In a world where people seem to never tire of consuming "stuff," it is rare to hear someone say that they have all that they need or want. I am blessed to be one of them, as my cup truly overflows with blessings unimaginable just a few years ago: a caring and loving husband, the self-sufficiency of my children, the ability to fulfill my calling through teaching, and good health.