“Merry Christmas” is a phrase that easily slips off of our tongue just about everyday during this glorious time of year. Let’s take a moment out of our hectic, high-paced day, make a cup of cocoa or pour some eggnog for ourselves, and sit still for a few minutes. Let’s ponder what each of us actually mean when we say, “have a Merry Christmas.”
Advent is a spiritual journey that Christians take through the truths of scripture pointing to the birth of the Messiah. It is a reaffirmation that he has come, is present in the world today and will come again in glory. It mirrors the journey of faith that Christians make after that moment of realization and acceptance of who Jesus is. We take that first step of faith in commitment, continuing hopefully to walk the road of faith with increasing understanding, looking forward to our destination, which is to be in his presence forever!
The big day continues to draw closer, and there are still many activities to engage in during this Christmas season.
An example of county cooperation with the religious community here is a large green “Where to Worship” sign on the courthouse lawn at the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Sixth Street that informs visitors of all faiths where they can attend services.
Brittany’s phone alarm started going off in class but she did not hear it. Instead a classmate picked up the phone and looked at it. Their face went into puzzled mode and they said: “Brittany your phone is saying something about your log?!”
When there’s a nip in the air but not very much snow remaining on the ground during the day in Northwest Colorado, it can only mean it’s time for craft season. Saturday activities were plentiful around Craig for those wanting to get some unique items for the holidays.
This past week was the national collection week for Operation Christmas Child (OCC), an outreach of Samaritan's Purse.
For those denominations that use a liturgical calendar we have come upon All Saints Day today. Many will recognize that an alternate name for All Saints Day is All Hallows Day, therefore the night before that celebration is known as All Hallows Evening (E’en), or Halloween as it is called today.
Ephesians 2:10 (NASB), “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”
Most of the time, I don’t even understand my own story; how can I expect you to do so?
I say again that we live in a wonderful, generous community. Love INC’s recent fundraising event is an excellent example of that. So many businesses and individuals donated items to our auction.
Every summer Bear River Young Life takes youth on adventures. This summer one of our trips was a backpacking trip with six youth and two leaders. Kelly Knez a 2014 MCHS graduate was on the trip and had an amazing experience. I asked her to write about it for my column this time around — David Pressgrove, BRYL area director.
There are times when God asks us to do stuff that doesn’t make sense like moving when others think we should stay or giving when we have nothing left. When I’m faced with a decision that could lead to actions that don’t add up, I look to some stories from the Bible. There are so many stories of requests God made of people that seem contrary or just plain weird.
Why is it so difficult to change? I believe we are more creatures of habit than we would admit at times. I know I am and many times find comfort in my routine. I read once that to effectively integrate new habits into our lives it takes at least 90 days.
Love INC of the Yampa Valley hosted its second annual Back-to-School Fair on Saturday in Alice Pleasant Park in downtown Craig, offering a convenient, one-stop location for families to handle many of the things that they need before sending children on their way to a new grade.