July to Dec 2017

Surrender

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In church recently, we sang the song I Surrender All. It is actually an old hymn, originally published in 1896, and over the years has been sung by many artists and in many different styles. What does it mean to surrender? Not usually thought of as a positive term it’s connected to giving up or […]

July to Dec 2016

For Another Year

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It’s quiet here in my box, I can’t even come out on a Midnight Clear. The days and the Nights are Silent. But I can tell when it’s becoming the Bleak Midwinter. O’ the Faithful will Come And I’ll be out of this box and I’ll be on the O’ Christmas Tree, O’ Christmas tree. […]

July to Dec 2016

Naughty or Nice

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My son’s neighborhood had a gathering of all the children to meet with Santa. Our son told our granddaughter that she needed to tell Santa that she’d been naughty but that she’d be nice from now until Christmas. Thought this was an interesting statement from the kid who didn’t sleep an entire night until he […]

July to Dec 2016

The Many Signs of Advent

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Driving in Dallas this week, they have an astounding complex of elevated roads, express roads, and road roads.  It’s incredible to think of the planning (and the expense) of putting this matrix of highways into place.  Along with the matrix comes an abundance of signs. At the beginning, it was a little overwhelming to figure […]

July to December 2015

4th Sunday is Love

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Recently we attended a Phillips, Craig & Dean concert with friends.  After singing the song You Are God Alone, one of the performers talked about the lyrics: And right now In the good times and bad You are on Your throne You are God alone He reflected how we all go through good times and […]

April May June 2015

Not Always What They Seem

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My sister had an Easy-Bake Oven that could make miniature cakes.  It was the coolest invention ever.  Small silver cake pans were placed on a rack, pushed into the oven, and in a matter of minutes there was a cake.  It could be decorated with icing, but my preference was taking it out of the […]

Oct Nov Dec 2014

Still, Still, Still

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Still, still, still One can hear the falling snow. For all is hushed, The world is sleeping, Holy Star its vigil keeping. Still, still, still, One can hear the falling snow. We attended a Madrigal production and one of the numbers was the hauntingly beautiful song Still, Still, Still. What a contrast to what really […]

Dec 2013

Best Christmas Tree Ever

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My first teaching job was in a sixth grade class that had, well, let’s say an interesting collection of personalities.  Great kids, full of life and energy, sometimes in excess.  When Christmas season came about, they kept asking when I was going to get a tree up in the classroom. Being my first year of […]

Nov 2013

Spoiler Alert

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Many of you know my dad is a retired United Methodist pastor.  For us, Santa came after the Christmas Eve service.  We’d squirm through the program and then have to wait until he shook everyone’s hand, gave everyone their holiday greetings, clean up after the service, and then after two eternities, he’d come home and […]