One of the great things about the Christmas season is the celebration of music.
Many stores will be playing Christmas music over their speakers. Church choirs are practicing for their Cantatas and many will be caroling too.
I remember, in a time not so distant, being led by a teacher in a line of class mates to stand outside a two-room wooden schoolhouse where we gazed into the blue morning sky and lifted our voices and solemnly recited the pledge of allegiance to our American flag.
I stood in awe as a child, but as an adult the sight of a fluttering flag floods my heart with pride.
Throughout history many people have practiced the discipline of meditation.
It is peaceful rest that quiets the mind while reflecting upon God and His word. Augustine wrote in "Confessions" (his deeply philosophical and theological autobiography) "Our hearts are restless until they find their rest in thee".
I saw a quote recently that I believe is as true as anything I have ever read: "If you see a Bible that is falling apart, it probably belongs to someone who isn't!"
A well-worn Bible speaks volumes. This ageless Book has given millions daily guidance, spiritual and emotional support and given hope to the hopeless.
Like many employees at PMC I am participating in the HMR weight loss program. Everyone in the program knows what it means to be "in the box" or "out of the box." To be "in the box," you are in compliance and eat only meals that are HMR approved. "We have all sinned and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 1:3). The term sin means to miss the target or the goal God has set for us.
Today many people make the common mistake of thinking of the here and now. Our minds get wrapped up in daily life. Our daily thoughts are comprised of a son's soccer game, a doctor's appointment or a planned golf outing. Occasionally we think about our future and we plan for our retirement or owning our own home.
Little children absolutely love making something special for their moms on Mother's Day.
They are so anxious, they rarely wait until the holiday to bestow their gifts.
Wanting to please their mother, they give the special love filled gift to her waiting in anticipation for smiles, hugs and praise in return for their handiwork.