It’s a Wonderful Life – Part 2

The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God. Leviticus 19:34 It’s hard to imagine a Christmas season without Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life. Yet, had his family been denied entrance into the United States, as many are today, we would not have this classic movie. […]

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It is a Wonderful Life – Part One

Sing aloud, O daughter Zion; Shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem! (Zephaniah 3:14-20) The ancient people of Israel were living in exile, under the rule of foreign rulers, when the prophet Zephaniah spoke these words of encouragement to people who weren’t in a singing mood. George Bailey in “It’s a Wonderful Life” knew what that was like. He was at the end of his rope. Singing was the […]

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From “Bah Humbug” to “God bless us, every one”

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains. 1 Timothy 6:10 Ebenezer Scrooge is perhaps the best-known example of a miser who let his love of money destroy his relationships with his fiancé, his nephew, and his life-long business partner Jacob Marley. Charles Dickens’ much-loved A Christmas Carol has been […]

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Thanksgiving, 2015

I have tried to focus on the positive, to identify things for which to be thankful, and to look on the bright side. For most part, I am able to do these things. There are so many heart-warming stories this time of year. I am thankful for my family, my friends, my home, the opportunities I have to go places and do things with wonderful people. And I am still basically an optimist who believes […]

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Giving Thanks

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Much of what we think we know about the origin of Thanksgiving is a drastically edited version of reality. For example, Nathaniel Philbrick in his detailed account of that chapter of history (Mayflower, Viking, 2006) writes, “Without Massasoit’s help, the Pilgrims would never have survived the first year and they (Pilgrims) remained steadfast supports of […]

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