When Celebrating Thanksgiving is Hard

Empty Chairs . . . Some years Thanksgiving is harder to celebrate than other years. I love the turkey, giblet gravy, cranberry sauce, dressing, and green bean casserole. I embrace the cooler weather, gold and garnet leaves, and the almost naked trees, and I love gathering with family and friends–whoever can come. Yet, there have … Continue reading “When Celebrating Thanksgiving is Hard”

How Can We Be Joyful in All Circumstances?

    “If you don’t like the weather, just give it a day or two; it will change.” I’ve heard people from Oklahoma, North Carolina, and Massachusetts say this. I always thought it ironic that those states aren’t anywhere near each other yet that phrase fits all three. Whenever a native would say those words I … Continue reading “How Can We Be Joyful in All Circumstances?”

Is the Heart of God on Trial in Your Life?

  When we face trials, our most common reaction is to ask God, “Why won’t you relieve us?” And when he doesn’t, we resignedly ask, “What do yo want me to do?” Now we have a new question, “Where is the Romance headed?” . . . .We are still in the drama of Act III … Continue reading “Is the Heart of God on Trial in Your Life?”

Deja`vu: No Hole Focus (Yes, you read this last year)

I missed it. I missed the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving show! It’s one of my favorite memories. We only had three stations. So, it wasn’t difficult back then to find the show you wanted. I can still smell the aroma of the pies and yummies being baked in the kitchen the night before Thanksgiving as I … Continue reading “Deja`vu: No Hole Focus (Yes, you read this last year)”

More than a Turkey: Whatcha’ Thankful for?

It must be going around the e-mail circuit. I haven’t seen it, but maybe you have. As a friend and I closed our phone conversation the other day, she said, “Oh…oh…oh…let me see. How do I phrase it…wait a minute. I have to ask you something. Something somebody asked me the other day.” She paused for a … Continue reading “More than a Turkey: Whatcha’ Thankful for?”

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