A New Year’s Prayer

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As we prepare to turn the page on the chapter known as “2010” and move into the new year, I thought the following two items were worth sharing. The first, from Bible Illustrator, is a message from the new year. It’s followed by a prayer (for which I wish I could give credit, but it … Continued

The Gate of the Year

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Each year at this time we run an excerpt from The Gate of the Year, a wonderful poem written by Minnie Louise Haskins more than 100 years ago. It’s a beautiful statement about stepping forth into the new year with faith in God’s guidance and love. Warmest wishes to you and yours for a happy, healthy, and blessed 2011. Rebecca … Continued

The Power of Perspective

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I found this little anecdote recently; it’s an interesting illustration about how different things can sometimes look – if we take a step back and shift our point of view. A mother saw a thunderstorm forming in mid-afternoon, and worried about her seven-year-old daughter who would be walking the three blocks from school to home in a storm. Deciding … Continued

It Came Upon the Midnight Clear

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It Came Upon the Midnight Clear is near the top of the list of my favorites. As with most well-known carols, you can probably sing the first verse from memory. Looking more closely at the rest of the lyrics, though, I found a message that spoke volumes to me this year, and thought I’d share it: … Continued

Hallelujah!

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I come from a family of music lovers. Though my tastes are pretty broad, ranging from classical to jazz to rock (and quite a bit inbetween), my parents gave me a strong foundation in classical music. My dad played various selections on the stereo each Sunday morning as we got ready for Sunday School and … Continued

Book of Psalms to the Rescue

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I mentioned recently that I’ve been making my way through the Book of Psalms. It seems as though God may have guided me specifically to that spot; not two weeks after I began, my father very suddenly went to be with the Lord. This book has been a source of great comfort following that devastating … Continued

A Light for the Darkness

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Beginning early this month, I’ve been traveling around the region in search of Christmas decorations (mainly outdoor) that would translate well into photographic images. The “winners” have been paired with text – some from Scripture, some from hymns – to create electronic “postcards.” Below is one example. The entire series is posted on our Facebook page. Head on over … Continued

My Beloved Father…Rest in Peace, Dad

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The most wonderful man I’ve ever known – Walter G. Metschke, my dad – very suddenly went to be with my mother in heaven today. Trained as a landscape architect, he was a tremendously talented and respected civil engineer who was involved in a variety of  interesting projects during the course of his career. Three of the most … Continued

For Unto Us a Child is Born…

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  For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

The Beauty of the Book of Psalms

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While reading through the Book of Psalms this month, I’ve been  jotting down verses along the way (both for my own use and also as potential verses to highlight in future designs for The Christian Gift artwork). In reviewing my list so far, it’s been a good reminder regarding what a treasure-trove is to be found … Continued