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Thoughts on Resurrection

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Categories: food for thought, holidays

He is risen. However you choose to celebrate this day, I hope it’s a great one for you.

If I can be completely honest, for the past few years, I’ve literally had to remind myself when Easter comes around.  Everyone in my household is too big for the Easter Bunny (not to mention we really don’t need the candy around), and not being actively involved in a congregation at this time, there’s not much else in my life to remind me of it.  It wasn’t always that way. For the better part of my life working in the church, “Easter” equaled “work” for me, as each time it came around, we geared up for what was supposed to be the biggest Sunday of the year.  Even before I was officially “in the ministry,” I was always deeply involved in the services, pageants, plays, etc., from my early teens on.  So for the past couple of years, it’s actually come as a welcome rest for me not to have to do anything on Easter Sunday.

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Thoughts Upon a Christmas Morn

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Categories: holidays, Meanderings (look it up)

One of the things about being a morning person and having no small children is that you wake up Christmas morning wondering what to do with yourself until everyone gets up. So here I sit blogging. 🙂

I think perhaps the best memory of this particular Christmas season happened a few weeks ago, when my family and I went to see a theatrical rendition of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. That is one of my all-time favorite Christmas stories, filled with meaning. I love the idea of keeping Christmas in your heart all the year. It was a well-done performance, cheesy at times, but our hearts welled up with the spirit of Christmas at the end.

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The Cost of Freedom

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Categories: holidays

Americans…

When you’re skiing today out on the lake…
When you’re barbecuing in the backyard…
When you’re relaxing by the pool with a mint julep…

…remember, for a moment, that it cost someone something very dear for you to do these things in freedom, and without fear.

Freedom isn’t free. Remember today those who have paid the ultimate price.

P.S. Those who remember what freedom cost…will not take it for granted, nor easily give it up.

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Pre-Christmas Ramblings

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Categories: holidays, Meanderings (look it up)

For those of you waiting with baited breath for part two of “Dangerous Musings on Equality“…breathe. And don’t worry; it’s coming soon, likely after Christmas.

For the time being…it’s been a bit harder to post, because the closer we get to Christmas, the more my extra flower delivery jobs have kicked in. Lotssss of people ordering flowers this year (don’t get any ideas, I’m not telling you where I work). It’s a lot of fun, actually. What’s not to love about making people smile? But this time of year it gets grueling.

I really love this time of year. Yes, I know aaaallll about how we Christians basically “Christianized” a pagan holiday. But I don’t care; the holiday is what you make it. And neither do I get all religious about Christmas, or get hung up on the sacred/secular thing. When you begin living with the reality that all of life is sacred when you live it unto God…you can find much more about Christmas to love and enjoy besides it just being Jesus’ birthday (which is probably isn’t, anyhow).

As a present to ourselves, we are going out of town for a few days between Christmas and New Years. I’ll have my laptop with me and may continue to post here and there, but don’t hold it against me if it gets sparse over the holidays. You ought to be busy doing other stuff, anyway…you know, caroling, decking the halls or wassailing (look it up), and all that jazz. 🙂

Christmas is almost here….wait for it….here it comes…. !!!!