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A friend of mine shared this picture and poem that she found in her grandmother’s things.  It seemed very fitting to share this week.  As we think about that sleeping soldier that … more
What is your favorite Christmas song?  My favorite Christmas song is O Holy Night.  To me, no other song so captures the purpose for Christ’s coming than O Holy Night. The lyrics … more
It seems to me that the older I get, the less and less I get into the holiday spirit. I find myself force-feeding it into myself. Having kids in our family now really helps, but I feel I should be … more
These weeks before December 24th and 25th I have been accused of over doing it.  Each year I agree that there are too many gifts around the tree, too many baked goodies and even too many … more
Over the weekend, my teenage son and I had a long conversation. He has been struggling with making a goal and sticking with it. I am sure he is not the only one his age that has the same … more
This past Monday marked the 79th year since December 7, 1941 – "a date which will live in infamy," President Franklin D. Roosevelt famously proclaimed.    It happened when … more
    I was looking back at some memories that pop up on my iPad from the past couple years.  Several years in a row the first week of December brought with it several inches … more
Needless to say, Oakland has grown on me over the last 25 years.  It’s hard to believe it has been that long since I first moved here as a much younger single pastor.  It didn’t … more
In one way or another COVID-19 has been the hot topic all year long. It has been the subject of every discussion from economic problems to politics. For the last couple of weeks, the concern has … more
I don’t know about you, but in these days of unfamiliarity and uncertainty, it’s nice to have something familiar to bring us back to a sense of normal.  Of all things, for me that … more
As a kid swimming in the Chesapeake Bay, we would bob up and down with the waves while we watched the horizon for that wave that would eventually come that was bigger than the rest.  Quickly … more
I could probably fill this entire newspaper page if I actually listed everything, I am THANKFUL for.  Like each and every one of you, I would first list my faith, my family, my friends and my … more
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