A few Sundays ago, this was the beautiful closing benediction at my church: God be above you to bless you, within you to sanctify you, around you to protect you, and before you to guide you. God be with you always. Amen!
Every day you are alive is a special occasion. Every minute, every breath, is a gift from God. With life’s ups come the inevitable downs. For some, the “ups” may be in short supply. (On Monday, my eldest brother found out he has inoperable cancer.) You might be facing some difficult challenges of your own. … Continued
A bend in the road isn’t the end of the road…unless you fail to make the turn. I don’t know who said it, but it’s a great line. Not at bad prism through which to view the inevitable challenges life throws our way.
Without the dedicated service of volunteers, most churches wouldn’t be able to operate. Think of all the things those folks do. Ushers. Sunday School teachers. Vacation Bible School staff. Musicians. Vocalists. Audio-Visual technicians. Library help. Office help. Missions teams. Bible study leaders. And on, and on, and on. These folks give freely of their time … Continued
I heard a verse from this hymn the other day for the first time in a long time. Loved it. There’s something to be said for the old classics we’ve known for many years.
Ahhh………..The Longest Day! There’s nothing like the long, long, wonderful days of summer. And there are none longer than today, the summer solstice! (Though I will admit that photographing the pre-sunrise skies at this time of the year is rather exhausting here in northern New England where the sun rises very early indeed; a 5:04am sunrise … Continued
We posted this on Facebook last week…. It’s turned out to be one of the most popular things we’ve shared – so we thought you may enjoy seeing it, too. Rejoice that your names are written in heaven. ~Luke 10:20 Indeed, a good reason to rejoice!
Any time of the year is a good time for pastor appreciation! Though the “official” window to express thanks to clergy is October, customers here at The Christian Gift clearly like to do it all year long. Our personalized pastor appreciation plaques are popular no matter what the season. We’re working on new designs to … Continued
He is rich who has the love and respect of his children. My dear dad was a wealthy man indeed. He’s pictured here with my brothers, sister and me on the occasion of his 90th birthday. Conversely, I’d suggest that children who receive an upbringing from parents of great character are extraordinarily rich as well. … Continued
This is just a snapshot taken with my phone, but it’ll give you a sense of how the lupines beautifully paint large swaths of land in New Hampshire’s White Mountains this time of year. You’re looking here at a field just outside of Bethlehem. It’s a lovely sight: one that I make a point of … Continued
If you’re a fan of Pinterest, now you can find The Christian Gift there. This link will take you directly to our main page. By the way, we’re also now on Twitter (@tcgift), so in addition to our Facebook page, (and the blog), you’ve got other options to stay in touch. We love to hear … Continued
It’s Flag Day; fly the colors!! You’re a grand old flag, You’re a high flying flag And forever in peace may you wave. You’re the emblem of the land I love; The home of the free and the brave. Ev’ry heart beats true ‘neath the Red, White and Blue, Where there’s never a boast or … Continued