The Holly…

As a kid, one of my favorite Christmas carols was The Holly and the Ivy. I’m sure I had no idea how both related to Christmas back then. When I finally recognized and understood the words I was curious why this carol called the holly and the ivy. There is very little mention of theContinue reading “The Holly…”

Wise Guys!

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem,  saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.” Matthew 2:1-2 NKJV AContinue reading “Wise Guys!”

Joy to The World!

“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people,” Luke 2:10 KJV  These words were spoken on the very first Christmas. The message the angel brought was a joyful one. This verse precludes, “For unto you is born this dayContinue reading “Joy to The World!”

Restoration!

  A few weeks ago, in my mother’s house, I found a Christmas ornament from 1996 that was lost in her office.  Unlike the others, this one was never wrapped up and put away each year to annually find its way on the Christmas tree. Two decades of neglect left it looking more like aContinue reading “Restoration!”

Merry Christmas?

Although Christmas is my favorite time of year, Christmas is not “merry” for many. The holiday season can become a catalyst that accentuates grief, sparks depression and brings about a range of emotions, some of which we would rather not face. Not everyone has a legacy of Christmas memories that leave them feeling warm andContinue reading “Merry Christmas?”

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

   Traveling over the river and through the woods or staying close to home, give thanks for blessings large and small; with God we are never alone. B Blessed! Oh, give thanks to the Lord! Call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples! 1 Chronicles 16:8 NKJV Oh, give thanks to the Lord,Continue reading “Happy Thanksgiving!!!”

Great and Grateful…

Living in the “Bible Belt,” I read many a church sign. Some of them are witty, and others are downright weird. I did come across one that I did like. It read “A GRATEFUL MIND IS A GREAT MIND.” As I reflected on that particular sign, I thought about my various “states of mind” onContinue reading “Great and Grateful…”

Family Reunion!

This weekend, I was blessed to return to my hometown of Tallahassee and catch up with family. Now, this isn’t “family” in the traditional sense of the word. Some families you are born into. Others you acquire through marriage. And then, if you are very fortunate, some family is chosen for you. I graduated high-schoolContinue reading “Family Reunion!”

Hopeful!

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 NIV “Overflow with hope.” I’ll admit I haven’t been overflowing with hope lately. Part of this is due to lingering details concerning myContinue reading “Hopeful!”