Gifts of Christmas: Hope

Christmas is a time of celebration and gift-giving as christians celebrate the birth of the Christ child. We tend to focus heavily on the consumer aspect of presents and gift giving. We all seem to be in search of the perfect present for family and friends. We run ourselves ragged, forgetting about the things that... Continue Reading →

Santa’s watchful eye!

My wife and I came down with a cough and cold recently and I went to CVS Pharmacy to get something to help with the symptoms. I wasn’t sure what I wanted, so I was reading the back of the packages to see what would work best. I had been reading the back of one... Continue Reading →

The days of the week: Meet the friends in my head

Mister Rogers began each episode of his children's television series by changing into one of his trademark cardigan sweaters while singing the show's theme song, “Won't You Be My Neighbor?” As soon as you saw him, it didn't matter your age, you knew you were in a safe place. Who wouldn’t want to have Mister... Continue Reading →

Faith to take the first step

Some great writers can sit down at a desk and conjure up an inspirational phrase or two. If they're really good and, maybe even a bit lucky, they manage to come up with enough great lines to pull together a book or two or an interesting speech. And then some great thinkers like Martin Luther... Continue Reading →

Giving thanks not just on Thanksgiving Day!

Life can be hard. It can throw difficult challenges your way when you least expect it. But, then there are days, when your kids come running out of the house, all smiles, to give you a hug or your spouse throws you a gleeful wink your way that make the hard moments worth it. In... Continue Reading →

Black Friday craziness

I turned off my alarm. I didn’t want to wake up our kids. I could still see light from a street lamp outside of our house peaking through the window; however, I reached over and gently nudged my wife. She let out a groan and got up to get dressed.   We had made a deal.... Continue Reading →

A grateful heart

My wife had Christmas songs playing on the stereo. I'm sure Michael Bublé was somewhere on the playlist. Insert face palm here. How can I compete with that? Yes, I'm straying from my story. In any event, the Thanksgiving turkey was fresh from the oven and the house was full of robust smells. The table... Continue Reading →

What is a leader?

When I was younger, I had an image in my head of what it meant to be a great leader. I envisioned John Wayne in one of his classic western movies, boldly taking up center stage on my television screen. He was loud and determined, decisive in his decision-making, and had an all-business demeanor. If... Continue Reading →

What are you grateful for?

We celebrate Thanksgiving in a few days. It’s a time for families and friends to come together. Like any gathering, there will be some happiness and maybe even some stress and tension. Who's going to be late to the dinner table? Who let the refrigerator door open? Who brings up politics over the dinner table?... Continue Reading →

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