Happy Diwali!

DIWALI is an annual festival of lights that symbolizes the victory of light over darkness and good over evil. And even though it's a Hindu celebration (also celebrated by Sikhs and Jains), Christians can really get behind its message.  If you're not familiar with our scriptures, we do talk a lot about light defeating darkness. The light shines in the darkness,     and the darkness could not overcome it. John 1:5  the people who ...

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In Praise of Halloween

In response to those Christian voices who decry and denounce the celebration of Halloween, my friend Rev. Marie Mainard O'Connell (minister and unapologetic celebrant) penned this ode a few years ago. She has graciously allowed me to post it here. I think it should be read aloud in the town square (if we still had such things) every year. In defense and praise of Halloween! Rally the hordes of children in masks! Man ...

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Day 17 #liftupforlent

Make a plan to celebrate someone. It doesn't have to be a big surprise party, just something that honors and observes someone else's victory or accomplishment. Take a friend out for coffee to congratulate her on that new promotion Send a note when someone reaches a milestone--a year on the job, six months smoke-free, a fitness goal reached or a sales record achieved. Drop off a small bouquet of flowers/bowl of candy/little gift to celebrate ...

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