Sunday, December 21, 2014
Every Christmas season for many years we've been told there is a "war on Christmas." It has caused many to rush into stores and scream at cashiers to say "Merry Christmas," or else!
But is that really the way to win a 'war on Christmas', real or imaginary?
Is this really the 'glad tidings of great joy' that the angels once proclaimed at Christ's birth?
Us cashiers are under a lot of pressure in the Christmas season,
caught in the midst of the insanity,
Tired and worn out, we have enough troubles without any adding to them. Instead, let us demonstrate the spirit of Christmas!
One way is showing kindness, a little kindness goes a long way to these weary clerks and shoppers.
Just like Glen Campbell sang long ago:
Yes, Virginia, there is a war on Christmas, but not as Bill O'Reilly screams about.
It's far more diabolical than a few stores saying "Happy Holidays."
It's the dark spirit that sucks all the merriment out of Christmas.
I rarely see a smile in the madness that is the Christmas rush.
Indeed, in the past few years, we've been fighting the "war on Christmas" on the wrong battlefield.
There are many for which Christmas is not merry at all.
For many, it's a sad, lonely time.
Rather than spreading hate,
we should be spreading the hope that Christmas is all about.
Lessening the loneliness,
bringing the light of Christmas to a dark time.
Being Santa to those who he doesn't always come, whose stockings are usually empty.
sort of like in this classic cartoon:
Indeed, when I hear of the cultural war , I want to respond as Linus did to Charlie Brown:
After all, nobody squawked in 1942 when Bing Crosby sang this song
in the classic movie Holiday Inn.
After all, isn't the word "holiday" short for holy day?
See, you can't keep God out if you tried! He comes in no matter what any can do!
So, let's spread the glad tidings of great joy that the angels once proclaimed.
Like Linus once proclaimed to Charlie Brown;
Then, we do win the war on Christmas, and on the right battlefield.
So, Merry Christmas, and may it truly be merry for you.
Monday, October 13, 2014
I just want to take a moment to say how much I appreciate all of you that have given such kind comments on my blogs!
You are all so awesome!
The comments really warm my heart.
Don't worry if the responses are big or small,
or just an emoticon,
They mean a lot to me.
Even the smallest kindness is appreciated,
After all, didn't Jesus say once:
You may be asking, why do I say all this?
There's a reason. I was once harshly criticized because my responses were so short.
I tried to explain to that person that the comments, no matter how short, were kindly meant and meant to encourage.
even if it is just one word.
But I couldn't get through,
I had to give it up as a lost cause.
And break the tie.
After all, I surround myself with encouragers.
That bring out the best in me.
and not the stress in me.
I learned a lesson from that, how I treat other people, I never want to treat others like I was treated.
So, I learn that and treat others like I would be treated.
So, all I can do is forgive this person
And now I come full circle to you wonderful people.
I love you all.
and...I appreciate you.
Sunday, October 12, 2014
I'm not a millionare, but I'm rich in many ways.
I've been putting myself down for some time these past two years,
because I used to be in Onderland,
but I regained 40 pounds from 207 to 247
I was really starting to hate myself again.
That is until last week when I went to the doctor.
I expected her to yell at me for being such a failure, regaining 40 pounds,
but instead she complimented me. Telling me I had accomplished much by taking off 67 pounds and keeping it off, instead of gaining it ALL back!
It goes to show that the thing about the half full/half empty glass can be true at times.
Awww, come on!
All right, smart aleck, I get the point!
I needed that compliment
to realize I'm awesome as I am now!
And that's a great encouragement to accepting myself and able to move on.
Even my Royals are headed for the World Series, it seems.
so as the poem goes, God is in His heaven and all is right with the world.
I'm so happy again.
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