JOY for Advent: The Sacrament of Happy REVIEW

JOY for Advent: The Sacrament of Happy REVIEW

This is week three of the Advent Season. Much like Lent, believers would fast and pray from mid-November until Christmas. Originally, it was a time for believers to prepare themselves for baptism, but during the Middle Ages, the focus changed to the Second Coming of...
Thankfulness and Its Benefits (Is it worth it?)

Thankfulness and Its Benefits (Is it worth it?)

It’s the season of thankfulness! Gratitude. Appreciation. Thank you, God, for . . . you fill in the sentence. Some of you are naturally upbeat. Gratitude exudes from every pore and you can’t help but look at the sunny side of things. Others of you, well,...
Preparing for Freedom This 4th of July

Preparing for Freedom This 4th of July

Preparing for freedom, or at least its celebration. On Thursday, the United States will celebrate its 243rd birthday. Two hundred and forty-three years of standing on our own two feet, as it were. Of figuring out what that means. Of discerning where the balance lies...
Remembering Memorial Day

Remembering Memorial Day

Note from Carrie: As I considered what to write for this Memorial Day post, I looked back at what I’ve written over the years. This was, by far, my most popular post for this holiday, and I cannot come up with any words that convey my heart more clearly.  ...

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