All posts tagged: Holiday

I will never be the same: The impact of a selfless mother

  I remember the gifts you extended to total strangers The food you made us set aside for anyone who would come asking How house maids became sisters and guys who just came for job opportunities became brothers I remember the displaced families of 30 men, women and children With whom we equally share our food and house when war raged on the country side I remember when you chose to put us in private schools Depriving yourself of fun, fancy clothes and shoes How every day you went to work and came right back home to be with us I have seen your tears, and your generosity, not only to us, but for total strangers Even though I should be the one calling and texting you, you beat me to it every day Thank you – I will never be the same. You’ve taught me what it really means to be selfless Happy Mother’s Day Mom! With much love – Walter

Christmas Wars: Then and Now

Originally posted on Veracity:
The “War on Christmas”? Are we missing something here? Perhaps a look at church history might help. It is that time of year again, December, when Christians in America face an annual existential crisis: Do you wish people a “Merry Christmas”… or not? I must confess that I am not crazy about fighting amongst the shopping hordes at the mall, and the year after year pressure of finding the right gift can be really stressful. Sure, shopping online helps a teeny bit, but what I am talking about here is a more fundamental cultural anxiety. Increasingly over the past few years, I have heard Christians grumble throughout the month of December over how “they have taken Christ out of Christmas!” I have read angry letters in the local newspaper complaining how store operators are greeting customers more and more with the shallow and inadequate “Happy Holidays”. Where have the traditional nativity scenes at the community fire station gone? Have a “Joyous Winter Solstice”? What is that all about? Folks. Let’s face…