Cantique de Noel

I figure it's time I get this blog into the Christmas spirit! For today's post, I'm resurfacing a post from the archives about a well-known carol--probably sung by thousands around the globe each December. "O Holy Night" is a French carol written in 1847 by Placide Cappeau de Roquemaure (how'd ya like to trade names…

Christmas and Longing for Home

"I'll be home for Christmas . . . " "Oh, there's no place like home for the holidays . . . " You can't miss it this time of year. No matter where people live or how little they talk to family throughout the year, inevitably they want to go home on December 25. I'm…

Into the Wild Wintah

[Read in your best Australian accent.] [[Because everyone needs a little Steve Irwin to spice things up when you're up to here in snow.]] Michigahn Wintah. It's something you cahnnot begin to imahgine until you've experienced it for yourself. I've lived in a southern climate all my life, mate, so this hee-yah is new tear-it-tery! There…

A Thanksgiving Prayer

As the Psalmist reminds us, it is always good to give thanks to the Lord, not just during the eleventh month of each year. Yet still I am very grateful (pun intended) for this annual designated time to be mindful of all that has transpired this year and give God thanks for it--the good and the hard!…

Let It Snow?

Yes, sir....October 31st marked the official first snowy day up here. It didn't stick, but those were some big, fluffy flakes coming down! Of course, the turn in the weather immediately prompted a "Warn Leanna About Winter Weather" conversation at the office as we watched the snow fall. It was also cause for an impromptu…

In Preparing for Easter

Even though I'm a born and raised Baptist, I have observed lent on and off over the years. Not because I think Easter can't properly be celebrated without first enduring forty days of deprivation, but because I see the value in sacrificing something, be it ever so small or simple, to be reminded of the…