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Happy New Year!

posted by Ruth Graham

2014 is here! I trust you ushered it in with grace and peace welcomed you. In the South it is traditional to have black-eyed peas and collard greens on New Years Day. The black-eyed peas represent coin money; the collard […]

Let’s Get Real about Bethlehem!

posted by Ruth Graham

Last July the world seemed to wait with bated breath for the arrival of the little Prince of England. No detail was left unnoticed.   Hallmark and others have given us a very unrealistic picture of Bethlehem. Our Christmas cards are […]

The Spirit of Christmas

posted by Ruth Graham

My daughter and I had a delightful time yesterday. Each year we take a day to go to the small town of Lexington to see the decorations, visit the shops, go “junking,” as my Mother used to call it, find […]

Thanksgiving in reverse

posted by Ruth Graham

When I sit down to make my Thanksgiving list what do I put down?  ’Friends’ and ‘family’ (most of them!) are at the top of my list. Then perhaps ‘health’, ‘freedom’… Do I ever express thanks for ‘bad health’, ‘gloomy […]

Previous Posts

Easter or Christmas?
How many of you have heard it said, "Easter is them most important date on the Church calendar"? I know I have. But it bothers me. How can we make a value judgment? You can't have Easter without Christmas. And Christmas would be meaningless without Easter. Oh, we could argue that Jesus was a good

posted 9:00:02pm Apr. 14, 2014 | read full post »

Skipping Spring!
We had 5" of snow last Sunday and this Sunday it was 60+ degrees. It's like having whiplash! Last year we had a very early Spring...this year it is very late. Soon it will be 85 degrees - it seems we go from winter to summer, skipping Spring. And it amazes me that while there is thick snow coveri

posted 4:46:04pm Apr. 07, 2014 | read full post »

When You Can't Sleep
I woke up early this morning. Too early. Too early to get up but too late to go back to sleep. So I just lay in bed thinking....then I began to fret - worry - about what all I needed to do and the fact I didn't think I had gotten enough sleep. I am sure you know the feeling! Frustrating. Maddening.

posted 6:41:07pm Mar. 24, 2014 | read full post »

A Worship-worthy God
I am reading a marvelous book - it is slow going because it is so rich and needs my full attention: The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard (HarperSanFrancisco, 1998). In it he quotes Adam Clarke's statement about God: "the eternal, independent, and self-existent Being; the Being whose purposes

posted 9:31:15am Mar. 12, 2014 | read full post »

Living Backwards
I am a fan of Frederick Buechner. He has a way with words. He often says the most profound things in a simple way - or has a turn of a phrase that catches my mind off guard and causes me to think deeply. I read from my Mother's copy of Listening to Your Heart each night before I go to bed. It was

posted 4:42:38pm Mar. 05, 2014 | read full post »


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