Family Thanksgiving Blessings

How often have we seen this famous Norman Rockwell painting and thought of our own Thanksgiving family traditions? Time to share family stories, noticing how much the grandchildren have grown, bringing a favorite Thanksgiving dish, cooking all day and hoping the food will not be burned or too dry, and giving thanks for the meal that was prepared with


The Joy of Music

Psalm 100: Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before His presence with singing. (King James) Bach gave us God’s word; Mozart gave us God’s laughter; Beethoven gave us God’s fire; God gave us music that we might pray without words. As I reflect upon my


Spiritual Celebrations: The Earth Rejoices

“Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let them say among the nations, ‘The Lord reigns’ “.  I Chronicles 16:31 (NIV) I reside in Eastern Tennessee, and right now the area is “bustin’ out all over” with blooms and beauty.  The dogwood, apple, redbud, and crabapple trees are in full bloom.  Everywhere I


Spiritual Celebrations: The Blessing of Green!

“He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; he leadeth me beside the still waters.”   Psalm 23:2 (KJV) Green is one of my favorite colors, both in home decor and clothing.  I don’t believe there is a single hue of green that doesn’t please my eyes.  Those very pale, hushed, watery shades of green


Spiritual Celebrations: Son Light!

“…Walk as children of light—for the fruit of the light results in all goodness, righteousness, and truth.”  Ephesians 5:8-9   (Holman Bible) January is many things:  celebrations, resolutions, new diets, exercise programs….and more resolutions.  But if I was only allowed one word to describe January, it would be “gray.”   Here in East Tennessee the skies are gray, the