Posts Tagged "Family"

Tinsel, Tree and Nat King Cole

Posted by on Dec 23, 2013 in Articles | 3 comments

Tinsel, Tree and Nat King Cole

What a beautiful night!  The snow is falling softly outside, each flake drifting gently past the window.  The lights sparkle brightly from the tree, reflecting off the little glass jewels that hang from each branch.  Each child has an ornament for each year of his life hanging from a branch on the tree.  There is even a special ornament celebrating the first Christmas of marriage.   It’s just the two of us, hanging the sparkling strands of silver tinsel from each tree-limb.  Nat King Cole is singing with emotion about Mary’s boy child, the Son of God who comes to save the...

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Season of Thanksgiving & Giving

Posted by on Nov 20, 2013 in Articles | 0 comments

Season of Thanksgiving & Giving

We Thank Thee By: Ralph Waldo Emerson (Stanza 3) For this new morning with its light, Father, we thank Thee. For rest and shelter of the night, Father, we thank Thee For health and food, for love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends, Father in heaven, we thank Thee.   It shouldn’t be difficult to write about Thanksgiving.  I close my eyes and consider the holidays past.  I see our family gathered around the table, each member eating more than a normal human eats in a week, laughing at each others jokes, feeling the absence of those no longer with us.  I can feel the...

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Singing, Not Crying

Posted by on Aug 24, 2013 in Articles | 0 comments

Singing, Not Crying

“Alleluia!  Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God!”  Revelation 19:1   I won’t deny it.  I tend to be a pessimist.  I have to make a conscious effort to see the good things in life when times aren’t going so great.  When my finances were tight, I would look at everything my family and I had to do without rather than look at the roof over my head.  When I found myself raising my son alone, I focused on the absence of my husband rather than the beautiful baby God had blessed me with.  During those times, I had to force myself to smile.  Singing...

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Letters to Daddy

Posted by on Jun 13, 2013 in Articles | 2 comments

Letters to Daddy

“My son, keep your father’s command, and do not forsake the law of your mother.  Bind them continually upon your heart.”  Proverbs 6:20 “Mom, what do I put on the envelope?”   Mom looked down at the letter in my hand and the blank envelope.  I had written several pages to my Dad who was at the time out in the field on military maneuvers.  I missed my father and wrote to him often, my letters to Dad tucked into the envelope along with my Mom’s.  This letter was special.  I had received an award in school and wanted to tell my Dad about it – all by...

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Boarded Windows

Posted by on Jun 1, 2013 in Articles | 0 comments

Boarded Windows

I walked passed the house two or three afternoons per week on my way home from after-school activities.  I guess it would be more accurate to say that I ran passed it.  It was a shack of a house with boarded up windows, an old man and two young men nearly always sitting on the porch with the front door wide open.  Chickens were constantly running into and out of the house, pecking at whatever they could get their beaks on.  The red Cadillac that was frequently parked outside stood out like a ripe apple in a basket full of rotten fruit.   I remembered my father commenting on the old...

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