Monthly Archives: December 2018

Pop-Up Christmas Cards from the Past

Dear Reader: Today is the winter solstice…the shortest day of the year. (thus it is sometimes called the Longest Night of the year) On this day the sun is at its lowest arc and appears to “stand still”…which is Latin … Continue reading

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Christmas and the Magic Pencil

Dear Reader: A good friend of mine, Brooks Moore, a (mostly) retired educator after 45 years in the “business,” sent me a copy of his book titled: Chalk Talk: 30 Stories that will touch your funny bone and heart. Vickie … Continue reading

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Seeing Christmas Through the Eyes of a Child

Dear Reader: What fun yesterday was! Honey was the first to stop by to pick up the Apple Tree stand but she had to leave before Mollie and Eloise arrived. Thank goodness we were all able to reconnect later in … Continue reading

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Father Knows Best

Dear Reader: There are probably a good handful of us ‘baby boomers’ out there who still remember growing up with the popular series “Father Knows Best.” It aired from 1954 to 1960 and immediately went into syndication with the closing of … Continue reading

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Leaving Joy Behind…

Dear Reader: I should have remembered yesterday that the pink candle of Advent (representing joy) would be lit. What a fitting day to return to church and be filled with joy at seeing friends, whom, I haven’t seen in months! The … Continue reading

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Reflections of Christmases Past, Present, and Future

Dear Reader: Quinn Caldwell (All I Really Want-Christmas devotions) shares insightful musings on the one single animal species (that lives on the ground) who can sing…us! “Humans are also the only singing species with a precise and shared sense of … Continue reading

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Christmas is taking a Risk on Love

Dear Reader: This is the season where I find myself longing to re-read Madeleine L’Engle’s thoughts and prose on the meaning of Christmas. Such thoughts as: “Was there a moment, known only to God, when all the stars held their … Continue reading

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Praying Through Christmas Carols

Dear Reader: Executive Guidepost editor, Rick Hamlin, had a little one-minute video clip on the Guidepost website in which he considered how singing a Christmas carol can be linked to prayer. We hear Christmas carols everywhere this time of year….in the … Continue reading

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Prayer Through Christmas Carols

Dear Reader: Have you ever thought of praying with Christmas carols? Think about it.  We are surrounded by Christmas carols this time of year and it is a wonderful way to pray. Use the music to help us pray. Think … Continue reading

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The Magical Golden Star of Christmas

Dear Reader: Yesterday I read a true short Christmas story from Guidepost (author-Craig Johnson) that took my “I Believe” personal “escalator” to the very top of the faith pole…even setting off a bell at the top! “The Star that Saved … Continue reading

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