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THANKSGIVING.

T..... is for our thankfulness for many joys and blessings...
H..... is for our homes so warm and bright...
A..... is for autumn, time for harvest and abundance...
N..... is for nature's beauty and delight...
K..... is for the kitchens where good food is cooked with love...
S..... for spicy fragrances in the air...
G..... is for the gathering of family and friends...
I..... for the inheritance we share...
V..... is for the vision that the Pilgrims held so dear...
I..... is for high ideals in all they planned...
N..... is for our native country brave and great and free...
G..... for God's great goodness to our land.

~~Author Unknown.~~


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God Bless America


"America the beautiful" ...
May it always stay that way;
But to keep "Old Glory" flying,
There's a price that we must pay.

For everything worth having
Demands work and sacrifice,
And freedom is a Gift from God
That commands the highest price.

For all our wealth and progress
Are as worthless as can be,
Without the Faith that made us great
And kept our country free.

Nor can our nation hope to live
Unto itself alone;
For the problems of our neighbors,
Must today become our own.

And while it's hard to understand
The complexities of war,
Each one of us must realize
That we are fighting for......

The principles of freedom
And the decency of man,
And as a Christian nation
We're committed to God's Plan.

And as the Land of Liberty
And a great God-fearing nation.
We must protect our honor
And fulfill our obligation.

So in these times of crisis
Let us offer no resistance,
In giving help to those who need
Our strength and our assistance.

And "The Stars and Stripes Forever"
Will remain a symbol of
A rich and mighty nation
Built on Faith and Truth and Love.


~ Helen Steiner Rice ~

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THANK YOU, DAD

Thank you Dad,
for giving us a very special gift.
Its the most important gift of all,
That only love can give.
You read us the Bible at bedtime
and taught us how to pray.
You made sure we made it to church every Sunday.

And even though
we acted like we didn't hear a thing,
When I'm in church today,
I hear an old familiar ring.
I've learned alot through all these years,
through the good times and the bad.
I want you to know,
I thank God every night for you Dad.

I can't imagine
how it would be to live life day by day...
Not knowing God, not knowing love,
not knowing how to pray.
It would be so cold, so lonely,
so sad a life I know.

And it's all because of you, Dad.
God's love - we've been shown.
So Dad we want to thank you
on this very special day.
Because of you - we now know
the true meaning of Father's Day.

~By Terri Lewis~


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emoticon I Am Old Glory

I Am Old Glory: For more than ten score years I have been the banner of hope and freedom for generation after generation of Americans.

Born amid the first flames of America's fight for freedom,
I am the symbol of a country that has grown from a little group of thirteen colonies to a united nation of fifty sovereign states.

Planted firmly on the high pinnacle of American Faith
my gently fluttering folds have proved an inspiration to untold millions.

Men have followed me into battle with unwavering courage.

They have looked upon me as a symbol of national unity.

They have prayed that they and their fellow citizens might continue to enjoy the life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, which have been granted to every American as the heritage of free men.

So long as men love liberty more than life itself;
so long as they treasure the priceless privileges bought with the blood of our forefathers; so long as the principles of truth, justice and charity for all remain deeply rooted in human hearts, I shall continue to be the enduring banner of the United States of America.


Originally written by Master Sergeant Percy Webb, USMC.

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emoticon Freedom Is Not Free
byKelly Strong

I watched the flag pass by one day.
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it,
and then he stood at ease.
I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
He'd stand out in any crowd.
I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil?
How many mothers' tears?
How many pilots' planes shot down?
How many died at sea?
How many foxholes were soldiers' graves?
No, freedom isn't free.

I heard the sound of TAPS one night,
When everything was still
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.
I wondered just how many times
That TAPS had meant "Amen,"
When a flag had draped a coffin
Of a brother or a friend.
I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.
I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
No, freedom isn't free.



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5/21/11 12:10 A

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emoticon Tribute To Armed Forces Day

Here’s to the men of the red, white and blue;
Whose patriot’s hearts burned high ...
To the women who served us on land and on sea,
Some even in the sky.

I’d like to say, "Thank you, that we’ll never know
The outcome if you had not gone,"
And to tell you, "I’ll never forget your deed,
As long as my life lingers on."

For, I was a child, when the great war came,
And you just a dozen years more.
Some of you fought on a distant beach.
Some died on a foreign shore.

I’d hate to forget those heroes of old,
From the 'War to end all wars'.
Korea, Vietnam, and Desert Storm
Proved that men fight evermore.

God, help us all when brave men say,
"Not today. Let’s just wait and see."
For, tyrants come in so many ways
And I’ve heard of complacency.

When integrity falls in the dust by the way,
When conviction fails to command,
When there’s no one to bugle or carry the flag,
What will become of our land?

So, here’s to the heroes and heroines true!
Here’s to the brave and the free!
With my hand on my chest as the flag passes by,
I remember what you did for me!!!

by Joan Clifton Costner


This is a day to honor and acknowledge the people of the Armed Forces of the United States. It gives us a welcome opportunity to pay special tribute to the men and women of the Armed Forces ... to all the individuals who are in the service of their country all over the world.


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emoticon Mothers

Warmer than the Summer sun,
softer than the breeze;
sweeter than a rose in bloom,
a Mothers all of these.
She will always stand by you throughout your childhood years,
she'll be around to comfort you if you should shed a tear;
She will always pick you up, no matter why you fall;
because the love of Mothers is the strongest love of all
Yes Mothers are Gods angels, but remember they're on loan;
and one day in the future God will call them home.
So if you have a Mother,
please show her that you care,
and let her know you love her,
and the memories you share.


Averil Joyce Bayard



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emoticon Hanging a Wreath at Christmas

Since I have come to know God's love
I'll think a little more
When hanging up the festive wreath
Of holly on my door.

I see in it a crown of thorns
Placed on my Savior's brow
That I may have the gift of life;
What meaning it has now!

The thorns are there--so needle sharp;
The berries, too, are red
Not too unlike the precious blood
That on the cross was shed.

I'll hang with prayer this holly wreath
For all the world to see;
Perchance, the lonely passerby
Will feel God's love through me.

Within our homes, let there be love
"And peace on earth to men,"
As we remember in our hearts
The Babe of Bethlehem.

Received from Scott Neville.


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COME QUICKLY APRIL.

Come quickly, April, and melt the snow
Which covers the path where I must go.
Awaken the crocus and daffodils,
And summon bluebird unto the hills.
Spring forth with buds upon every tree,
And paint a bright rainbow just for me!

Awaken the rose and marigold
As clear, sunny days start to unfold,
And sprinkle the daisies with morning dew
As God resurrects everything new.
Come quickly April and blow me a kiss
It just doesn't get any better than this!

~~By Clay Harrison.~~

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What Do You Want For Christmas?

A poem sent to Dear Abby from a couple who have too much stuff.

So many of you asked us (since Yuletide's drawing near)
"What do you want for Christmas? What can we give you this year?"
If we say, "We want nothing!" you buy something anyway,
So here's a list of what we'd like... believe now what we say:
Pajamas for a little child, food to feed the poor,
Blankets for a shelter, and we ask a little bit more--
Perform good deeds and let us know, or volunteer your time.
These last are worth a fortune, and they needn't cost a dime.
We have too many things now... vases, candles, tapes and clocks.
We have our fill of garments, ties, underwear and socks.
Candy is too fattening, crossword books we've more than 20.
We don't need trays or plates or cups, and knickknacks we have plenty.
We've no walls to hang more pictures;
We have books we've not yet read;
So please take what you'd spend on us and help the poor instead!
Just send a Christmas card to us and tell us what you've done;
We'll open them on Christmas Eve, and read them one by one.
It won't cost as much for postage as a package sent would do;
You'll need no wrapping paper, ribbons, ink or glue.
And we'll thank God you listened to what we had to say,
So we could be the instruments to help someone this way.

Author Unknown

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PLEASE WEAR A POPPY.

"Please wear a poppy," the lady said
And held one forth, but I shook my head.
Then I stopped and watched as she offered them there,
And her face was old and lined with care;
But beneath the scars the years had made
There remained a smile that refused to fade.

A boy came whistling down the street,
Bouncing along on care-free feet.
His smile was full of joy and fun,
"Lady," said he, "may I have one?"
When she's pinned in on he turned to say,
"Why do we wear a poppy today?"

The lady smiled in her wistful way
And answered, "This is Veteran's Day,
And the poppy there is the symbol for
The gallant men who died in war.
And because they did, you and I are free -
That's why we wear a poppy, you see.

"I had a boy about your size,
With golden hair and big blue eyes.
He loved to play and jump and shout,
Free as a bird he would race about.
As the years went by he learned and grew
and became a man - as you will, too.

"He was fine and strong, with a boyish smile,
But he'd seemed with us such a little while
When war broke out and he went away.
I still remember his face that day
When he smiled at me and said, Goodbye,
I'll be back soon, Mom, so please don't cry.

"But the war went on and he had to stay,
And all I could do was wait and pray.
His letters told of the awful fight,
(I can see it still in my dreams at night),
With the tanks and guns and cruel barbed wire,
And the mines and bullets, the bombs and fire.

"Till at last, at last, the war was won -
And that's why we wear a poppy son."
The small boy turned as if to go,
Then said, "Thanks, lady, I'm glad to know.
That sure did sound like an awful fight,
But your son - did he come back all right?"

A tear rolled down each faded check;
She shook her head, but didn't speak.
I slunk away in a sort of shame,
And if you were me you'd have done the same;
For our thanks, in giving, if oft delayed,
Thought our freedom was bought - and thousands paid!

And so when we see a poppy worn,
Let us reflect on the burden borne,
By those who gave their very all
When asked to answer their country's call
That we at home in peace might live.
Then wear a poppy! Remember - and give!

~~By Don Crawford.~~

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Christian Pumpkin Carvings

I am a Jack O' Lantern
My light will shine so bright
For I am a Christian pumpkin
My symbols tell what's right.

My nose is like the cross
on which on Savior died
To set us free from sin
We need no longer hide.

My mouth is like a fish
The whole wide world to show
That Christians live in this house
And love their Savior so!

The story starts at Christmas
My eyes are like the star
That shone on Baby Jesus
And wise men saw from far

My color it is orange
Just like the big bright sun
That rose on Easter Day
Along with God's own Son.

And so on Halloween
Let's set our pumpkins out
And tell the trick or treaters
What God's love is all about!

~Author Unknown~


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WHAT IS A DAD?

A dad is someone who
wants to catch you before you fall
but instead picks you up,
brushes you off,
and lets you try again.

A dad is someone who
wants to keep you from making mistakes
but instead lets you find your own way,
even though his heart breaks in silence
when you get hurt.

A dad is someone who
holds you when you cry,
scolds you when you break the rules,
shines with pride when you succeed,
and has faith in you even when you fail...

Dad, you're everything a dad should be and some.

~By Susan Ceylise.~

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Armed Forces Day
by Del "Abe" Jones

At the urging of Harry Truman
The third Saturday in May
The new Department of Defense
Proclaimed it, "Armed Forces Day".

A day to Thank all the Services
Who defend our air, land, and sea
Who serve our Country Proudly
Defending, this Land of the Free.

All those young Men and Women
And too, all of those "oldsters"
Who march, fly, and set sail
As Airmen, Sailors, Marines and Soldiers.

Some of them serve as "Regulars"
And some just do, the weekend
But all step forward, Strong and Proud
When we need someone to send.

The times have been a'changing
And missions they are asked to
Grow much more complicated
Than what, they used to do.

They must be Warrior and Diplomat
With clenched fist or gentle touch
Pass the ammunition, feed the hungry
Build roads, hospitals, and such.

"A Tradition of Heroes"
Is what some people say
And, we all owe them a, "Thank you!"
On this, "Armed Forces Day"

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IS MY VALENTINE AT THE ZOO

Valentine, valentine, who will you be?
A yawning sloth that hangs from a tree, or a
Long-legged giraffe with big brown eyes,
Elusive elephant of enormous size,
Nattering parrot or yackety yak,
Thirsty camel with a hump on his back,
Itching monkey, bumbling old bear,
Nosy narwhale, or panda rare,
Earnest emu who cannot fly,
'Smallest chickadee in the sky, or
Dandy kangaroo who bounds so high?
All of these animals in the zoo
Yearn to be mine...but I'd rather have you!

~Author Unknown~


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VALENTINE FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Cabbage always has a heart;
Green beans string along.
You're such a cute tomato,
Will you peas to me belong?
You've been the apple of my eye,
You know how much I care;
So lettuce get together,
We'd make a perfect pear.

Now, something's sure to turnip
to prove you can't be beet;
So, if you carrot all for me
let's let our tulips meet.
Don't squash my hopes and dreams now,
Bee my honey, dear;
Or tears will fill potato's eyes,
While sweet corn lends an ear.

I'll cauliflower shop and say,
Your dreams are parsley mine.
I'll work and share my celery,
So be my valentine.

~Jeanne Losey~


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The Unknown

I do not know what still awaits,
Or what the morrow brings;
But with the glad salute of faith,
I hail its open wings!

For this I know -- that in my Lord
Shall all my needs be met;
And I can trust the heart of Him
Who has not failed me yet..

~Author Unknown~


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The Way to a Happy New Year


To leave the old with a burst of song;

To recall the right and forgive the wrong;

To forget the things that bind you fast;

To the vain regrets of the year that's past;

To have the strength to let go your hold

Of the not worth while of the days grown old;

To dare go forth with a purpose true,

To the unknown task of the year that's new;

To help your brother along the road,

To assist with his work and lift his load;

To add your gift to the world's good cheer,

Is to have and to give a Happy New Year.


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OLD YEAR OUT

Before you flip your calendar
To start a New Year bright,
Reflect for just a moment on
The year that ends tonight.

Each joy and every heartache
Has been etched into your heart,
But in a few short hours you
May make a brand new start.

As you review the days and weeks
That simply seemed to fly,
Would you say fortune smiled on you
Or did she pass you by?

Since it's not wise to dwell upon
Those days that made you cry,
The thing to do is set your sights
And aim right at the sky.

Forget those tears and sorrow
As you bid the old, "Adieu,"
And welcome in the New Year,
It's dawning ... just for you!

~ Author Unknown ~





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SAILING INTO THE NEW YEAR

God built and launched this year for you;
Upon the bridge you stand;
It's your ship, aye, your own ship,
And you are in command.
Just what the twelve months' trip will do
Rests wholly, solely, friend, with you.

Your logbook kept from day to day
My friend, what will it show?
Have you on your appointed way
Made progress, yes or no?
The log will tell, like guiding star,
The sort of captain that you are.

For weal or woe this year is yours;
Your ship is on life's sea
You acts, as captain, must decide
Whichever it shalll be;
So now in starting on your trip,
Ask God to help you sail your ship.

~Author Unknown~


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HOPE, PEACE, LOVE
NEW YEAR'S ANGELS

Like the whispering wings
Of a beautiful dove.

PEACE
Silently falls from the heavens above.
The promise of dawn
Sets the heavens aglow.
There's a whisper of

HOPE
In the cold winds that blow.
And joyous news comes
with the first light of morn.

LOVE
Lives among us.
For Jesus was born!

May you enjoy
Peace, Hope and Love,
Throughout the New Year.

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LET US KEEP CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS

Christmas is a season
For joy and merrymaking,
A time for gifts and presents,
For giving and taking;

A festive, friendly, happy time
When everyone is gay;
And cheer, good will and laughter
Are part of Christmas Day.

For God wants us to be happy
On the birthday of His Son,
And that is why this season
Is such a joyous one.

For long ago the angels
Rejoiced at Bethlehem;
And so down through the ages
We have followed after them.

But in our celebrations
Of merriment and mirth,
Let's not forget the miracle
Of the Holy Christ Child's birth.

For in our gay festivities
It is easy to lose sight
Of the Baby in the manger
And that Holy silent night.

For Christmas in this modern world
Is a very different scene,
From the stable and the Christ Child
So peaceful and serene.

For now we think of Christmas
As glittering gifts and such,
Things for eager eyes to see
And reaching hands to touch.

But we miss the mighty meaning
And we lose the greater glory,
Of the Holy Little Christ Child
And the Blessed Christmas Story.

If we don't keep Christ in Christmas
And make His love a part,
Of all the joy and happiness
That fill our home and heart.

For without the Holy Christ Child
What is Christmas but a day,
That is filled with empty pleasures
That will only pass away.

But by keeping Christ in Christmas
We are helping to fulfill,
The glad tidings of the angels ...
Peace on earth to men, good will.

And the Father up in heaven
Looking down on earth, will say ...
You have kept Christ in your Christmas,
Now I'll keep you all the way!


~ Helen Steiner Rice ~




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emoticon FOLLOW THE STAR.

Follow the star of Bethlehem;
It's a beacon, for all men on earth.
For it shows us God's plan of salvation,
An announcement of our Savior's birth.

Follow the star to Bethlehem,
And find that it leads to a cross;
Where God's only son was delivered,
To give of Himself, at great cost.

Follow the star at Bethlehem,
To worship God's beloved son.
Give Him your life and devotion,
And be grateful salvation is won.

Follow the star at Bethlehem,
It'll guide you, wherever you are;
You'll have peace and a life of contentment,
As you follow the Bethlehem star.

~~By Ray Prillwitz~~


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IT'S A JOY TO GET TOGETHER.

It's a joy to get together
At the Christmas holidays,
To see the family once again
Down at the old home place.
To see the little children
With faces shining bright
And hear the happy voices
Not heard when out of sight.

It's a joy to get together
At this season of the year,
To share the things of Christmas
With those we hold so dear.
To read the Christmas Story
Of how Jesus came to earth;
It's a joy to get together
At this season of Christ's birth.

~~By Loise Pinkerton Fritz~~


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DON'T WASTE THE MIRACLE


There's a miracle in Christmas ...
There's a stillness in the air
And excitement in the shining eyes
Of children everywhere.

There's a miracle in Christmas
As each silent night unfolds,
And we see again the promise
That this holy season holds.

There's a wonder in traditions,
In the stories passed along;
In our thoughtfulness toward others,
And in voices raised in song.

There's a reassuring comfort
In the joy glad tidings bring
And an inner peace from honoring
And praising Christ the King.

There's a wonder in the season,
In the kindnesses we do,
Whether joys are shared my many
Or among a special few.

There's awareness of our gratitude
For blessings from above;
There's a miracle in Christmas,
And the miracle is love.

~ Jan Miller Girando ~


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RECIPE FOR A MERRY CHRISTMAS.

To a cup of tradition, time-honored and dear,
Add a generous portion of holiday cheer,
Combine with the memories of Christmases past,
Then sprinkle the mixture with joy unsurpassed.
Add a dash or good spirits, stir fondly until...
You set it to rise in the warmth of good will.
Pour love over all in generous measure,
And garnish with laughter and heartwarming pleasure.

~~By Barbara Burrow~~


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The First Gift of Christmas

The first Christmas gift ever given
Wasn't bought in a mart or a shop,
And it wasn't encased in gay wrappings
With a bright ribbon bow on the top.

The first Gift of Christmas was given
In a manger lowly and bare,
And a blanket was the lone wrapping
Of this gift so priceless and fair.

God gave the First Gift of Christmas,
A most Holy and Wonderful One,
When He looked down in mercy and goodness
And gave us the Gift of His Son!


by John Gilbert

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ABCs of Christmas, The
A is for Angels
With halos so bright
Whose carols were heard
On that first Christmas Night

B is for Bells
So merrily ringing
Joy to the world
Is the message they're bringing

C is for Candles
That so brightly shine
To give a warm welcome
To your friends and mine

D is for Doorway
With garlands of green
To make Christmas merry
As far as they're seen

E is for Evergreens
With fragrance so rare
So plentiful at Christmas
Their scent fills the air

F is for Fun
The whole season long
From trimming the tree
To singing a song

G is for Greetings
A merry "hello"
With a heart full of love
For people we know
H is for Holly

With berries so red
To make into wreaths
To hang overhead

I is for Ice
On snow covered hills
Where sledding is fun
Along with the spills

J is for Jesus
The Christ child to dear
We honor his birth
On Christmas each year

K is for Kris Kringle
So merrily he stands
He is who they call Santa
In so many lands

L is for Lanterns
I am sure that their light
Helped Mary and Joseph
That first Christmas Night

M is for Mary
Her heart full of love
For her little son Jesus
Who came from above

N is for Noel
The angels did sing
To herald the birth
of Jesus, our king

O is for Ornaments
So shining and bright
With lights on the tree
To sparkle at night

P is for Packages
With ribbons so gay
All 'round the tree
For our Christmas Day

Q is for Quiet
Christmas Eve Night
With snow covered hills
Glistening so bright

R is for Reindeer
Who pull Santa's sleigh
To your house, to my house
They know the way

S is for Shepherds
Who first saw the star
Over Bethlehem's manger
And followed it far

T is for Trees
We decorate so gay
Then wait for ol' Santa
To hurry our way

U is for Universe
Where Christmas brings joy
To all in world
To each girl and each boy

V is for Visiting
Friends near and far
We travel by plane
Or by bus, or by car

W is for Wise Men
Who brought gifts so rare
And knelt down and worshiped
The child they found there

X is for X-mas
Or Christmas by full name
No matter the language
It all means the same

Y is for Yule Logs
Whose bright sparks fly high
To give a warm welcome
To friends passing by

Z is for Zeal
We show at this time
In giving to others
And loving mankind


























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This Is A Christmas Prayer

by Robert Louis Stevenson


Loving Heavenly Father,

Help us remember the birth of Jesus, that we may share in the song of angels, the gladness of the shepherds, and the worship of the wise men. Close the door of hate and open the door of love all over the world. Let kindness come with every gift and good desires with every greeting.

Deliver us from evil by the blessing which Christ brings, and teach us to be merry with clean hearts. May Christmas morning make us happy to be Thy children, and Christmas evening bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts, forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus' sake.

In Thy Name We Pray,
Amen


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Recipe for Christmas All Year Long

Take a heap of child-like wonder
That opens up our eyes
To the unexpected gifts in life—
Each day a sweet surprise.

Mix in fond appreciation
For the people whom we know;
Like festive Christmas candles,
Each one has a special glow.

Add some giggles and some laughter,
A dash of Christmas food,
(Amazing how a piece of pie
Improves our attitude!)

Stir it all with human kindness;
Wrap it up in love and peace,
Decorate with optimism, and
Our joy will never cease.

If we use this healthy recipe,
We know we will remember
To be in the Christmas spirit,
Even when it's not December.

By Joanna Fuchs




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emoticon It's Almost Jesus' Birthday

It's almost Jesus' birthday...
So let us not forget.
To give to Him the present,
That He would like the best.
He doesn't want a stocking...
Hung upon the tree.
Or lots of toys or presents,
Like selfish you and me.

He only wants our love for Him,
To shine out to the earth.
He wants us to tell others,
About His miracle birth.
He wants us to bring all we know,
To church to worship Him.
He wants us to remember...
He died for all our sins.

Please focus on His birthday...
The sacrifice God made.
To send His Son to live and die,
So we could all be saved.
This tiny baby Jesus...
Born in a lowly stall.
He came to bring salvation...
To save us one and all.

This Christmas has more meaning...
I'm calm and have such peace.
So let us bow before Him,
And worship at His feet.
The church bells now are ringing,
For you and I to bring...
Our gifts of praise and worship...
To our Savior and our King.

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HOW TO OBSERVE THANKSGIVING.

Count your blessings instead of your crosses;
Count your gains instead of your losses.
Count your joys instead of your woes;
Count your friends instead of your foes.
Count your smiles instead of your tears;
Count your courage instead of your fears.
Count your full years instead of your lean;
Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.
Count your health instead of your wealth;
Count on God instead of yourself.

~~Author Unknown.~~


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emoticon WE THANK THEE

For flowers that bloom about our feet;
For tender grass, so fresh, so sweet;
For song of bird, and hum of bee;
For all things fair we hear or see,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee.

For blue of stream and blue of sky;
For pleasant shade of branches high;
For fragrant air and cooling breeze;
For beauty of the blooming trees,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee.

For each new morning with its light
For rest and shelter of the night
For health and food for love and friends
For everything Thy goodness sends
Father in heaven, we thank Thee!

~~Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803-1882


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When I See an Eagle

When I see an eagle, I see a great nation
which has been founded on the principles of equality and freedom for all.

When I see an eagle, I see our flag flying high. I see happy children playing and smiling and laughing and singing.

When I see an eagle, I see a melting pot of blacks and Hispanics, Italians and Indians, Native American and Irish which make up our country.

When I see an eagle, I see no more bondage, no more terrorism, ethnocentrism, racism, and hate.

When I see an eagle, I see our troops fighting for what is right, fighting to keep us free.

When I see an eagle, I see America standing tall and strong and proud behind her servicemen and women.

When I see an eagle, I salute and say a silent prayer of thanks for the troops who protect us.

Marie Frankson

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SUNSHINE AND RAIN

No Life is useless and no day is vain.
For God has a purpose for sunshine and rain

All are discouraged and everyone cries
But we're never alone beneath cloudy skies,

All hearts can break...they're fragile as glass But God will mend them, and this too shall pass.

Sometimes we succeed, and sometimes we fail So follow your dream whatever the trail,

For no one's a loser who gives it his best, and you can stand tall above all the rest.

Those who are faithful are noble at heart,
And no life is useless when God has a part.

Be swift to give praises and slow to complain...
God has a purpose for sunshine and rain.

Clay Harrison


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WHEN I WAS IN MY YOUNGER DAYS

When I was in my younger days,
I weighed a few pounds less,
I needn't hold my tummy in
to wear a belted dress.

But now that I am older,
I've set my body free;
There's the comfort of elastic
Where once my waist would be.

Inventor of those high-heeled shoes
My feet have not forgiven;
I have to wear a nine now,
But used to wear a seven.

And how about those pantyhose-
They're sized by weight, you see,
So how come when I put them on
The crotch is at my knee?

I need to wear these glasses
As the print's been getting smaller;
And it wasn't very long ago
I know that I was taller.

Though my hair has turned to gray
and my skin no longer fits,
On the inside, I'm the same old me,
It's the outside's changed a bit.

by Maya Angelou
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GRANDPARENTS

Few can bring the warmth
We can find in their embrace,
And little more is needed to bring love.
Than the smile on their face.

They've a supply of precious stories,
Yet they've time to wipe a tear,
Or give us reasons to make us laugh,
They grow more precious through the years.

I believe that God sent us Grandparents
As our legacy from above,
To share the moments of our life,
As extra measures of His love.

~Author Unknown~

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These are the words to one of my very favorite songs.

The Lighthouse

There's a Light House on the hill side that overlooks life's sea,
And when I'm tossed it sends a light that I might clearly see,
And the light that shines in darkness will safely lead me home,
If it wasn't for the Light House, my ship would be no more.

I thank God for the Light House, I owe my life to Him,
For Jesus is the Light House, and from the rocks of sin,
He has shone His light around me that I might clearly see.
If it wasn't for the Light House, tell me where would this ship be?

Every body that lives around us, says tear that old Light House down.
The big ships don't sail this way anymore,
There's no need of it standing 'round,
Then my mind goes back to that stormy night,
When just in time I saw the light,
The light from that old Light House standing up there on the hill.

I thank God for the Light House, I owe my life to Him,
For Jesus is the Light House, and from the rocks of sin,
He has shone His light around me that I might clearly see.
If it wasn't for the Light House, tell me where would this ship be?


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Jesus on the 4th of July

We gather ‘round to celebrate
On Independence Day
Pay homage to our country
As the children run and play.

With barbeques and picnics
And fireworks in the air
The flag we own is proudly flown
To show how much we care.

The stars and stripes spell freedom
She waves upon the breeze
While bursts of colors can be seen
Above the towering trees.

This is all quite wonderful
We revel in delight
But God above in divine love
Has brought this day to light.

With just a stroke of liberty
A touch of His great hand
He gave democracy to us
And helped this country stand.

The stripes upon our stately flag
Were touched by His sweet grace
Each star of white that shines so bright
Reflects His loving face.

So as you turn to face the flag
For battles that were fought
Be filled with pride for those who died
And freedoms that were bought.

But don’t forget to thank the One
That gives the bright display
The reason why we paint the sky
On Independence Day


by Marilyn Ferguson


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I will always love this song, it hasn't grown old in over sixty years. Here is another version of the same great song.


JESUE LOVES ME

Jesus loves me, this I know,
Though my hair is white as snow.
Though my sight is growing dim,
Still He bids me trust in him.

YES, JESUS LOVES ME... YES, JESUS LOVES ME...
YES. JESUS LOVES ME FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO.

Though my steps are oh, so slow,
With my hand in his I'll go.
On through life, let come what may,
He'll be there to lead the way.
(CHORUS)
Though I am no longer young,
I have much which He's begun.
Let me serve Christ with a smile,
Go with other's the extra mile.
(CHORUS)
When the nights are dark and long,
In my heart He puts a song.
Telling me in words so clear,
"Have no fear, for I am near."
(CHORUS)
When my work on earth is done,
And life's victories have been won.
He will take me home above,
Then I'll understand his love
(CHORUS)
I love Jesus, does he know?
Have I ever told Him so?
Jesus loves to hear me say,
That I love him every day.

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I thought this was special....

Food for Thought
Mother's Recipe

My mom's the finest cook on earth;
And she told me long ago,
That bread's no good unless you add
Some lovin' to the dough.
"And when you're baking pies," she says,
"A pinch of faith and trust,
If added to the shortening makes
A flaky, tender crust.
And compassion by the spoonful in
The batter of a cake,
Makes it come out light and fluffy,
Just the finest you can make."
Now these things can't be purchased
In the store across the way,
But Mother keeps them in her heart
And uses them each day.

"Author Unknown"


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emoticon A SOLDIER'S PRAYER

Look God ...
I have never spoken to You,
But now I want to say,
"How do you do!"
You see God,
They told me you did not exist,
And ... like a fool,
I believed all of this.

Last night from a shell hole,
I saw your sky,
I figured right then,
They had told me a lie.

Had I taken the time
To see the things you made,
I would know they weren't calling
A spade a spade.

I wonder, God ...
If You'd shake my hand;
Somehow I feel,
That you will understand.

Funny, I had to come
To this hellish place,
Before I had the time
To see your face.

Well, I guess there isn't
Much more to say;
But I'm sure glad, God,
I met you today.

I guess the "zero hour"
Will soon be here,
But I am not afraid
Since I know "You" are near.

The signal! ... Well, God,
I'll have to go;
I like you lots ...
This I want you to know.

Look, now, this will be
A horrible fight;
Who knows ... I may come
To your house tonight.

Though I wasn't friendly
With you before,
I wonder, God,
If you'd wait at Your door?

Look ... I'm crying!
Me! Shedding tears!
I wish I'd known You
These many years.

Well, I will have to go now, God ...
Goodbye.
Strange! since I met you,
I'm not afraid to die.
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I watched the flag pass by one day.
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it,
and then he stood at ease.
I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
He'd stand out in any crowd.
I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil?
How many mothers' tears?
How many pilots' planes shot down?
How many died at sea?
How many foxholes were soldiers' graves?
No, freedom isn't free.

I heard the sound of TAPS one night,
When everything was still
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.
I wondered just how many times
That TAPS had meant "Amen,"
When a flag had draped a coffin
Of a brother or a friend.
I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.
I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
No, freedom isn't free.

--Kelly Strong

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FRIENDSHIP IS A DELICATE KNOT TIED BY ANGELS

A friend is someone we turn to,
When our spirits need a lift,

A friend is someone we treasure,
For true friendship is a gift.

A friend is someone we laugh with,
Over little personal things,

A friend is someone we're serious with,
In facing whatever life brings.

A friend is someone who fills our lives,
With beauty and joy and grace.

And makes the world that we live in,
A better and happier place!

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emoticon MOTHER

M is for the million things she gave me,
O means only that she's growing old,
T is for the tears she shed to save me,
H is for her heart of purest gold;
E is for her eyes, with love-light shining,
R means right, and right she'll always be,
Put them all together, they spell MOTHER,
A word that means the world to me.

Howard Johnson 1915

THERE ARE MANY VERSIONS OF THE SPELING OF MOTHER, BUT THIS IS BY FAR MY FAVORITE AND THE ONE I REMEMEBER FROM MANY YEARS AGO.


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Everything Mom


How did you find the energy, Mom
To do all the things you did,
To be teacher, nurse and counselor
To me, when I was a kid.

How did you do it all, Mom,
Be a chauffeur, cook and friend,
Yet find time to be a playmate,
I just can’t comprehend.

I see now it was love, Mom
That made you come whenever I'd call,
Your inexhaustible love, Mom
And I thank you for it all.


By Joanna Fuchs


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My Mother Kept A Garden

My Mother kept a garden,
a garden of the heart,
She planted all the good things
that gave my life it's start.
She turned me to the sunshine
and encouraged me to dream,
Fostering and nurturing
the seeds of self-esteem...
And when the winds and rain came,
she protected me enough-
But not too much because she knew
I'd need to stand up strong and tough.
Her constant good example
always taught me right from wrong-
Markers for my pathway
that will last a lifetime long.
I am my Mother's garden.
I am her legacy-
And I hope today she feels the love
reflected back from me.

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THANK YOU SANDIE FOR THIS POEM.

Rosie

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His Journey's Just Begun

Don't think of him
As gone away-
His journey's just begun,
Life holds so many facets-
This earth is only one...
Just think of him as resting
From the sorrows and the tears
In a place of warmth and comfort
Where there are no days and years.
Think how he must be wishing
That we could know today
How nothing but our sadness
Can really pass away.
And think of him as living
In the hearts of those he touched...
For nothing loved is ever lost-
And he was loved so much.
---E. Brenneman--


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COME QUICKLY APRIL.

Come quickly, April, and melt the snow
Which covers the path where I must go.
Awaken the crocus and daffodils,
And summon bluebird unto the hills.
Spring forth with buds upon every tree,
And paint a bright rainbow just for me!

Awaken the rose and marigold
As clear, sunny days start to unfold,
And sprinkle the daisies with morning dew
As God resurrects everything new.
Come quickly April and blow me a kiss
It just doesn't get any better than this!

~~By Clay Harrison.~~


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Thank you Sandie for the poem.....

Rosie

Rose in Michigan
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Always leave loved ones with loving words, it may be the last time you see them.

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Thanks for the lovely poem, Sandie.
We are celebrating with a fresh coat of "snow"....will it ever end ?????
Hope you all will have a great day.
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Gerry from Chicago

The older you get, the tougher it is to loose weight because by then, your body and your fat are really good friends.

I f you want the rainbow, you have to put up with the rain.

What doesn't kill us makes us stronger.


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The Miracles of Easter

The sleeping earth awakens,
The robins start to sing,
The flowers open wide their eyes
To tell us it is spring.

The bleakness of the winter
Is melted by the sun,
The tree that looked so stark and dead
Becomes a living one.

These miracles of Easter
Wrought with diving perfection,
Are the blessed reassurance
Of our Saviour's Resurrection.

~ Helen Steiner Rice ~



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