Laird Learns About Antonia

Laird was on his way home when he ran into his Aunt Margery. She was so happy to see him that she broke into a big smile and gave him a big hug. "It's so good to see my favorite nephew," she exclaimed. He smiled. "It's good to see you too, Aunt Margery. How are …

It Happens in Threes

It was a couple of weeks after Sister Augustin's unfortunate death. Father Kiesler was on his way to the sanctuary to give the midday mass when he ran into Monifa in the corridor. The girl looked downcast. "Are you all right?" he asked her. "Yes, I'm fine. It's just..." "What is it, Liebling?" He added …

God Will Carry You

And I will still be carrying you when you are old. Your hair will turn gray, and I will still carry you. I made you, and I will carry you to safety - Isaiah 46:4, ERV  How comforting and encouraging it is to know that God will still carry us when we are old. No matter …

Christmas is About Jesus

Behind and above Pastor Williams hung a large projection screen with an image of Jesus with the heading, Christmas is About Jesus. "Christmas is not about Santa Claus; it is not about buying and exchanging gifts; it is not about having a big meal with your family. Christmas is about God's love for mankind. John …

Special to God

When I look at the night sky and see the work of Your fingers—the moon and the stars You have set in place—what are mortals that You should think of us, mere humans that You should care for us? (Psalm 8:3, 4) When I think of how God made the first two humans I feel …

You Matter

All my life I saw myself the way others did.  I was insignificant.  I didn’t matter.  I was unloved.  I was neglected, ignored, mistreated and devalued.  Why?  I was a girl.  In some cultures, being a girl was an undesirable thing.  People didn’t want daughters.  They wanted sons.  My parents were no different.  When I …

Adornment

Who are you to judge another? - James 4:12 It was after the service and she had gone downstairs to use the washroom.  She was at the sink washing her hands when three women walked in.  As she looked at them through the mirror, the ready smile on her face faded when she saw the …

Matt’s Story

A couple of years ago, my world as I knew it was turned upside down.  I was 17 and at my cousin, Rose's wedding.  At the reception, a relative who had way too much to drink, put his arm around me and said, "I don't know about the rest of the family but I'm sure …

Adopted

How do people feel when they find out that they have been adopted?  I once watched an episode of the soap opera, One Life to Live where a character named Destiny was devastated when she learned that her parents were actually her grandparents and that the brother she was so close to, whom she adored …

Vaudeville Singer/Song-Writer

In 1896, Brooklyn born and famous vaudeville singer, Maude Nugent, composed and wrote the lyrics to Sweet Rosie O'Grady which became one of the most popular waltz standards of its time.  Tin Pan Alley publisher Joseph W. Stern & Co rejected the song when she first tried to sell it to them, but they changed …

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