THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR

Call me crazy, but I can’t wipe this smile off my face. It’s the most wonderful time of the year – it’s Christmas! Don’t judge me, but my house has been decorated since before Thanksgiving. The tree was up, and lights were strung throughout the house days before the smell of turkey wafted in the air. My excuse was that my grand-kids, Grace and Emma, were coming. But the truth is, I love a month of Christmas. Jesus is the reason for the season, and I love to celebrate Him! In the frozen North where I live, it’s dark until after 8 AM. The first thing I do in the early morning – after putting the coffee brewing – is plug in all of my lights. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life”...

GOT LOVE?

Got love? It’s the stuff we were made for. Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. Love is in the air. The Hallmark Card Company hopes you “care enough to give the very best.”  Florists have hired extra staff to keep up with the demands of the love-stricken. Candy makers can only wish every day was Valentine’s. As a matter of fact, Necco (New England Confectionery Co., (established in the 1800’s, when Abe Lincoln was president)  cranks out billions of pieces – of their popular Conversation Hearts each year. They boast of helping you say “I love you” in 100 ways: “Pick Me,” “Be Mine,” “I’m Yours,” “Me & You,” “True Love,” ‘Forever” and “Crazy 4-U,” are old favorites.” To stay current with culture, they’ve added new sayings such as, “Text Me.” Romantic love aside,...