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Posts Categorized: Inspirational

The Advent Wreath – O Little Town…

One of my family’s favorite Christmas traditions is the Advent wreath. On each of the four Sundays in Advent (the four weeks before Christmas), our family gathers around the wreath with cookies and eggnog and hot chocolate. Not only is this cozy family time, but it focuses us with joyful anticipation on the birth of… Read more »

The Advent Wreath – Messiah Is Coming!

One of my family’s favorite Christmas traditions is the Advent wreath. On each of the four Sundays in Advent (the four weeks before Christmas), our family gathers around the wreath with cookies and eggnog and hot chocolate. We light the candles, read Scripture passages, and sing carols. Not only is this cozy family time, but… Read more »

Thoughts on This Veteran’s Day

At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the First World War came to an end. The Armistice was signed for the War to End All Wars, but peace was built on a shoddy foundation, and war returned, nastier than ever. The end of the Second World War brought… Read more »

A Tribute on Memorial Day

On Memorial Day, we remember those who gave their lives in defense of our country. We live in freedom because they fought tyranny. We live without fear because they faced danger. We live in comfort because they gave up all comforts. We live because of their sacrifices. Let’s never take these gifts for granted. They… Read more »

Freedom from Fear

Seventy years ago, on March 13, 1943, Norman Rockwell’s “Freedom from Want” appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post. During World War II, President Roosevelt declared Four Freedoms he felt were fundamental to humanity: freedom of speech and worship, and freedom from fear and want. Rockwell’s Four Freedoms paintings were made into posters… Read more »

Freedom from Want

Seventy years ago, on March 6, 1943, Norman Rockwell’s “Freedom from Want” appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post. During World War II, President Roosevelt declared Four Freedoms he felt were fundamental to humanity: freedom of speech and worship, and freedom from fear and want. Rockwell’s Four Freedoms paintings were made into posters… Read more »

Freedom of Worship

Seventy years ago, on February 27, 1943, Norman Rockwell’s “Freedom of Worship” appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post. During World War II, President Roosevelt declared Four Freedoms he felt were fundamental to humanity: freedom of speech and worship, and freedom from fear and want. Rockwell’s Four Freedoms paintings were made into posters… Read more »

Freedom of Speech

Seventy years ago, on February 20, 1943, Norman Rockwell’s “Freedom of Speech” appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post. Back on January 6, 1941, in his State of the Union Address, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared that every person deserved four fundamental freedoms – freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from fear, and… Read more »

The Advent Wreath – Christ Is Born!

One of my family’s favorite Christmas traditions is the Advent wreath. On each of the four Sundays in Advent (the four weeks before Christmas), our family gathers around the wreath with cookies and eggnog and hot chocolate. Not only is this cozy family time, but it focuses us with joyful anticipation on the birth of… Read more »

The Advent Wreath – Hark! the Herald Angels Sing

One of my family’s favorite Christmas traditions is the Advent wreath. On each of the four Sundays in Advent (the four weeks before Christmas), our family gathers around the wreath with cookies and eggnog and hot chocolate. Not only is this cozy family time, but it focuses us with joyful anticipation on the birth of… Read more »