It was an ordinary stable.There was nothing unusual about it.The manger was a typical manger,designed to feed animals,yet it fed the world.Out of the humblehand-hewn manger camea visionthat changed the entire world,a messagethat inspired all mankind,a hopethat encouraged ever heart,a promiseof peace and goodwill to all.Nothing more profound couldcomefrom such a humble beginning.We have our own unique manger.Who will we feed?Who will we inspire?Who will we encourage? Continue reading IT WAS A TYPICAL MANGER
There are two great moments in our lives.The first one is the moment we were born.The second one is the momentwe discover WHY we were born.The birth of the baby in the nativitywas momentous.And he knew WHY he was born.Generally speaking, the rest of usspend our whole lives trying to discover the “why” of our birth….trying to figure out our purpose.Perhaps the answer can be discoveredby examining the nativity itself.Perhaps the answer has beenin that manger all alongand we never noticed.Something to ponder. Continue reading THE NATIVITY AND THE TWO GREAT MOMENTS IN OUR LIVES
Christmasis not something you hear,not something you see,not something your give,not something you receive.Christmas is in your heart.It’s something you feel,something you believe,something that touches youlike no other feeling.It’s part love,part magic, part nostalgia,part spiritual,part something you can’t define.It’s unique to you.It’s your own meaning of Christmas.You find it in your heart. Continue reading WHERE IS CHRISTMAS?
I boarded the Greyhoud bus to head home for Christmas.I looked out the window and sawan elderly woman with a canewalking slowly toward the bus door.She stopped to re-tie her blue faded scarf,pull her shawl tighter around her,and pick up a small crocheted bag.”Are you sure this is mine?” she asked.A younger woman took the lady’s armand helped her up the steps of the bus.”Yes, babushka, it’s yours,” she said.The younger woman guided the older womanto a seat near the front of the bus.She fluffed a worn hand-embroidered pillowand put it behind the older woman’s back.”Oh, that’s, just right,” the older … Continue reading BEHIND CHRISTMAS ARE MANY HUMAN STORIES
The sounds of Christmas whether from afar or places near how nostalgic they all are. Children laughing sleigh bells jingling carolers caroling church choirs singing horses clopping horses neighing footsteps crunching musicians playing church bells ringing fireplaces crackling winter birds singing skaters gliding blustery breezes blowing silent snow snowing Santa ho, ho, ho-ing. O’ the joyful sounds of Christmas, how special they are. Continue reading THE SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS
‘Tis the season And I have no idea Why we we spend so much time Making pretty little cookies All decorated with love and care Only to watch them be quickly devoured By hungry “elves” and “cookie monsters” Who seem to gulp without tasting Or without noticing how pretty the cookies are. I guess it’s a tradition. I have no idea Why we spend so much time Wrapping gifts in carefully selected paper With just the right color and design And topped with fancy matching bows Only to be have the packages Ripped apart and readily trashed In a pitiful … Continue reading UNUSUAL TRADITIONS DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON