times have you said to yourself, “Nothing I do will affect peace on earth; it’s
up to the politicians and world leaders, I have no power, I’m just one Jane/John
Doe in Smalltown, USA.”
I believe we underestimate the power of words;
just plain words. How many
misunderstandings, fights, or wars have started over words?
As so often
in life, the secret is so simple. We can
start on Christmas, the day that celebrates the birth of Jesus and we can all promise to do the following:
will never call anyone a name. I will
recall how I felt when someone called me one.
will abolish certain words from my vocabulary; retard, brain-dead, fat, stupid,
ugly, gay, etc. etc. etc.
I hear someone using those words I will GO OUT OF MY WAY to nicely correct them
i.e. “My sister is mentally handicapped and it hurts me to hear the word
retard.” They may laugh at me but they
will never use a racial slur. If I hear
someone use one, I will GO OUT OF MY WAY to nicely correct them (unless I fear
the person may cause me bodily harm) i.e.
“It hurts me to hear that kind of racial insensitivity.” They may ignore me but they will remember.
will not spread gossip. I will imagine
that people are talking about me behind my back, each time I am tempted to
will not tell a lie to hurt another. I
will think about a lie that hurt me.
will think before I talk. A novel
concept but I will try it.
day, I will say one nice thing to someone who looks like they need a kind word;
even it’s just, “Hello”.
will love God first, then myself, then everyone else.
10.I will use
my words to pray, unceasingly to ask God to help me in my efforts, and others
in theirs, and for the politicians and world leaders who need all the prayers
they can get.
“Let there be Peace on Earth, and Let it begin with me”.
it’s me again. This might surprise you,
but I decided that for just one day I’m not going to ask you for anything; not
for me and not for anyone else either. I
know this doesn’t sound like the me you know, and love, but I thought it was
about time I took stock of everything you’ve already given me, and Thanksgiving
seems a good day to do that.
I think I’ll start by thanking you for life itself;
for making only one me, unique, unlike anyone who is or ever was. When I stop to think, that really is
something Lord, it makes me value all life even more.
Thank you for my parents. I know no one
is perfect but they always did the best they could; words fail when I try to
express my feelings for them. As a
matter of fact I’m grateful for my entire family – those who are living and those
who are with you now. I think I
understand why you had your son be part of a human family, for everything I
know about love, I first learned at home.
I don’t know what my life would be like without the
friends you’ve sent my way. I have laughed
with them, sobbed with them, even disagreed with them at times, but ultimately
have loved them so very much – we’ve seen it all together – they’ve energized and
soothed me, and each and every one has enriched me in their own special way.
I have loved my country even when it wasn’t the thing
to do. I can’t thank you enough for America - truly
the home of the brave. I will forever appreciate
the priceless gift of life, which so many gave, so that I could live in freedom.
And speaking of freedom, thank you for free will. I
think I finally understand why you gave us choice. Love has meaning when we choose to give it
freely. You want us to choose to do right, choose to love you and choose to
believe, even when the path isn’t always clear and we don’t understand your
plan for us. I guess that’s what faith
grateful for my church, the religious and the countless members who unselfishly
do so much for so many. I rejoice in the
music that praises you and I feel your presence as you touch and nourish me.
Thank you too for the simple gifts that mean so much;
a winning team, good music, hot showers, clean sheets, a book too good to put
down, hot cocoa when there’s three feet of snow, spaghetti and meatballs,
turkey and stuffing, loved ones around a table, the kindness of strangers, a
faithful pet. Oh, I can’t forget good
But most of all I am grateful that you loved me enough
to send your son, your only son, to die and rise again, so that I might have
forgiveness and everlasting life in paradise with you and with all those who I
have loved with every fiber of my being.
I am stronger, even in the face of darkness, because I know that this is
before I end would it be all right if I changed my mind and asked you for just
one thing today? Could you please remind
me, for as time goes by I fear I might forget, to be thankful always, and not
for just one day?
There Will Be A Day by Jeremy Camp
In Memory of Audrey Gleason
I try to hold on to this world with everything I
But I feel the weight of what it brings, and the hurt that tries to grab
The many trials that seem to never end, His word declares this truth,
that we will enter in this rest with wonders anew
But I hold on to this hope and the promise that He brings
That there will be a place with no more suffering
Chorus: There will be a day with no more
tears, no more pain, and no more fears
There will be a day when the burdens of this place, will be no more, we'll see
Jesus face to face
But until that day, we'll hold on to you always
I know the journey seems so long. You
feel you’re walking on your own
But there has never been a step where you’ve walked out all alone
Troubled soul don’t lose your heart cause joy and
peace he brings
And the beauty that’s in store outweighs the hurt of life’s sting.
But I hold on to this hope and the promise
that He brings. That there will be a
place with no more suffering (Chorus)
I can’t wait until that day where the very one I’ve lived for always will wipe
away the sorrow that I’ve faced. To
touch the scars that rescued me from a life of shame and misery this is why
this is why I sing (Chorus)
From the beginning We were made to be like the Son With no thought of sinning In the Father's eyes we were one Greatest deception Was convincing we should break The rules of relation Heaven's creation All alone, led astray by the snake
Chorus It’s just an illusion To pull you outta Your places of grace Where's the confusion You can't lose, if you choose To obey...
Trials and troubles The hidden blessings that shape our lives Building our character In the holy image of Christ Living the good life. The good life. Won't produce your heaven on earth The fatal seduction The assumption You can live without God in your life
And go higher, higher, higher, higher Let the Spirit take you higher, higher, higher,