A Dark and Stormy Night

Thunder rolled in the distance. Lightning streaked the sky. A forked bolt touched the ground and lit the horizon for a moment. Eric marked the distance and pulled the collar of his duster up around his neck. Cold drops reached between his Stetson and collar to prick his neck. Was that it? There was something … Continue reading A Dark and Stormy Night

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Christmas 2017: A Baby, A Hope, and A Speech

https://youtu.be/CojUP5nRidA It's Christmas morning. Can you believe it? It snuck up on me. All the busy. All the must-dos. All the gotta-make-it-specials. I hope you're able to enjoy the day. Enjoy all those gathered around you. I pray that there are a lot gathered around you. But, even if there aren't a lot, or a … Continue reading Christmas 2017: A Baby, A Hope, and A Speech

Christmas Bells – My Annual Sharing

https://youtu.be/M7670CXvPX0 Christmas Bells - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow I heard the bells on Christmas Day Their old, familiar carols play, And wild and sweet The words repeat Of peace on earth, good-will to men! And thought how, as the day had come, The belfries of all Christendom Had rolled along The unbroken song Of peace on earth, good-will to men! Till, ringing, singing on its way, The world revolved from night to day, A voice, a chime, A chant sublime Of peace on earth, good-will to men! Then from each black, accursed mouth The cannon thundered in the South, And with the sound The carols drowned Of peace on earth, good-will to men! It was as if an earthquake rent The hearth-stones of a continent, And made forlorn The households born Of peace on earth, good-will to men! And in despair I bowed my head; "There is no peace on earth," I said: "For hate is strong, And mocks the song Of peace on earth, good-will to men!" Then pealed the bells more loud and deep: "God is not dead; nor doth he sleep! The Wrong shall fail, The Right prevail, With peace on earth, good-will to men!" ______________________________________________________________ I know I share this every year, but I cannot get enough … Continue reading Christmas Bells – My Annual Sharing

You Are Not the Spark, You Are the Flame

I'm not going to lie. I struggled with what to write today. Something quick. Didn't have time to write anything elaborate. Deep. Meaningful. Maybe share a video or two of some happy, dance-able songs. Instead, this is what came. A picture of a candle with hands holding them forward. A light in the deep darkness. … Continue reading You Are Not the Spark, You Are the Flame

When You’re Losing the Fight

https://youtu.be/Jv8IqJm6q7w Sometimes the fight is too much. We're bone-tired, can't catch our breath, and the battle still rages around us. The last thing we need is a patronizing cliche about how everything will work out for the best. What we do need is the fire of hope to keep us pushing forward, keep fighting. A … Continue reading When You’re Losing the Fight