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How to Find True Happiness at Christmas

A few weeks ago, hubby cleaned the garage. I filled plastic bags of items and we gathered all to donate to the Orlando Rescue Mission. Christmas season soon came and hubby was fulfilling his own mission to help decorate. He pulled the Christmas tree out of the box. It...

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Time for Hugs

"Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God." (1 John 4:7) After all of these years I can still remember the first time I placed my newborn baby son into my Grandmother’s arms. Nana by that time was 77...

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The Real Gift

I was watching some reunion videos the other day. Those are the ones where the serviceman or servicewoman returns home after many months to surprise their families. One in particular widened my smile and moistened my eyes at the same time. In it a five year old little...

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The King’s Message

She grew up in an isolated rural area and her clothing illustrated the practical nature of her life. In other words, it was adequate and comfortable but unimportant. Then her life changed and her family moved to a community that had other values. Her immediate elders...

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The Day After

Weeks of preparation to decorate the house, do all the baking and cooking, select the perfect gits, wrap them, put them under the tree, send out Christmas greetings, organize and attend parties and dinners, make travel arrangements; and after just a few brief hours,...

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Tending Your Fire

"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; 15nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16"Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see...

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Simple Pleasures

"You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand." (Ps 16:11) When I was a boy I didn't have a smart phone, home computers were unheard off, and our 13" television could only get one channel...

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The Seatbelt

A few years ago before my wife retired from nursing, she was getting ready to leave the parking lot after her days work. She noticed an older gentleman driving out before her onto the main road. He had only gone a very short distance when he stopped and put on his...

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An Open Book

"If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you." (John...

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