Wall of Love!


Aw… The Wall of Love!

There are so many things I love about the Christmas season; Pumpkin Latte’s, Christmas Music, old corny holiday movies on Hallmark, parties, and ugly Christmas Sweaters!!!

But one thing I really really love is my ever growing Wall of Love!

As thoughtful Christmas cards begin to make my mailbox smile I have the joy of looking at pictures of precious people who matter so much to me!!  Other than Facebook, My Wall of Love is the only place where I am free to gather college friends, family, colleagues, neighbors, childhood buddies, and fellow Christ followers!

As I gaze into the faces looking back at me I am reminded of shared meals, girls nights, hard work, late nights studying over cold nasty pizza, Woman’s Teas, ministry years, working in the community, and shared family experiences!  Looking into the eyes of same- age friends standing by their adult ( or almost adult) children and I know they, too, are surprised at how they got here so quickly.

Ultimately~ I am able to look at each picture with care and pray for them throughout the season and for a time I feel a renewed closeness to them all!

Perhaps you pile all your pictures in a basket after happily viewing them! But maybe you too could build a Wall of Love and make those pictures matter EVEN more this year.  May the faces staring back at you remind you that you are loved, remembered, and genuinely wished a wonderful Christmas season!

Good Politics

 From the barrage of television ads, to the continual news feed running 24 hours a day on-line, on radio, and in print; Politics are on the forefront of all our minds.

I am so grateful to live in a nation where I been given the freedom to cast my vote for the leader I feel would be best suited for the challenges we are facing in the United States. Our freedom to vote is also a responsibility that I take seriously at both the local and countrywide levels.

However, I have also watched this freedom cause conflict between neighbors, co-workers, family, and even those in our churches. I am left to ponder what God’s perspective might be in the way we express our freedoms.

Romans 13;1 states: “Every person must be subject to the governing authorities, for no authority exists except by God’s permission. The existing authorities have been established by God.”

Philippians 2:1-5 expresses; “So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus.”

In 2 weeks the votes will be cast and we will move forward with whomever has been chosen to lead by this free nation; I pray we will join hands as a country, regardless of our differences, to express passion and care for what we do and for those we have the responsibility to care for.

1 Timothy 2:1-3 expresses this so well; “The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live.” ( The Message )