December 29, 2016
During the fall of my son Nathan’s senior year, he listened while a classmate chatted with the other girls about her homecoming attire. He looked on as the classmate showed them a cell phone picture of a pair of silver, glittery stilettos. He knew from previous conversations that the young lady was living in a hotel with her family. She was excited to have been able to purchase a dress for the homecoming dance at the local Goodwill store. Unfortunately she had had to leave the matching shoes behind because her mother did not have enough money to purchase them. She lamented that her shoes would have completed the look but money could only go so far. My son Nathan looked on feeling sorry that the young girl didn’t have the complete outfit. So, at lunch he spoke to his literature teacher and told her he would be signing himself out of school to drive to the Goodwill store to purchase the shoes. His teacher even gave him some money to help with the purchase. To his delight when he arrived at the thrift store, the silver shoes were still there. After lunch Nathan walked proudly into class with a Goodwill bag under his arm. When he presented the girl the shoes she was moved to tears and the rest of the literature class watched on as they learned another important lesson. Sometimes charity can be as simple as buying a pair of silver shoes.
December 14, 2016
Our baby’s first Christmas was going to be momentous. As new parents we had eagerly purchased and wrapped her first gifts. “She won’t be able to get close to the tree. I’ve made a big barricade,” announced my husband stepping away from our Christmas tree. Shiny ornaments and colorful lights blinked as he picked up our daughter and put her down on a baby blanket in the living room just a few feet away from me and a safe distance from the tree. My husband soon left to run some errands while I stayed behind with our 10-month old daughter, Lauren. She was not much of a crawler yet but could roll herself to places on the floor. When my husband left I made sure to turn around to check her while I washed dishes in the kitchen. She seemed stationary on her back, contently chewing on a set of rubber toy keys. I continued washing the dinner dishes. Within just a few minutes, as I stood rinsing a glass, a voice interrupted my thoughts. The male voice said with a sense of urgency and distinct clarity, “The baby has a hook in her mouth.” I dropped the glass I was rinsing in the sink and rushed into the living room. At that precise moment I saw Lauren indeed had a hook in her chubby hand and was about to put it into her open little mouth. Nearby lay a tossed ornament. I swooped in quickly to pick her up and pluck the large ornament hook from her hand. It startled her to the point of tears. How Lauren pushed past the barricade and got the ornament still stumps us to this day. One thing was for certain. Her guardian angel had been watching too.
February 6, 2016
With Easter nearly here I am pleased that the entertainment industry is featuring two new films that will turn our thoughts to the hope behind our Christian faith. “Risen” has just been released in theaters across the country about the resurrection story from the perspective of a Roman soldier who investigates the mystery of the resurrection. Another film, “The Young Messiah”, which will be released next month, chronicles the life of Jesus after leaving Egypt, narrated by Jesus. It is based on best-selling author Anne Rice’s book “Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt”. This gives me hope that interest in historical biblical fiction, is indeed alive. So I encourage you to support the Christian film industry by going out and celebrating my most favorite person of all time. Jesus.