Hughesville Locals Dec. 24
Merry Christmas! I hope that everyone enjoys their holiday week and is able to celebrate with family and friends. We are blessed with the opportunity to see most of our grown children this Christmas. It’s great to have the house full of these wonderful adults! The one remaining son who will not be in Hughesville for the holiday is in the process of moving into a new home. He and his wife are expecting their first child so I anticipate that a trip to Colorado to admire the newest grandchild will be coming up soon.
I hope that the lights and decorative displays on homes and businesses will help us all remember the origin and reason for all the celebration. While the exact date of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth may be in question, His appearance on the Earth was one of the most significant events in human history. The growth and influence of Christianity has been one of the strongest instigators for change and development throughout the Western world, and has had worldwide ramifications for most of the past 2000 years. I hope that we can all keep the core of our celebration focused on the spiritual aspects and open ourselves to appreciating our many blessings.
When you light your Christmas tree, I hope you will think of this passage: “Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea thunder and all that is in it; let the field be joyful and all that is therein. Then shall all the trees of the wood shout for joy at your coming, O Lord, for you come to judge the earth. You will judge the world with righteousness and the peoples with your truth.” (Psalm 96:11-13)
As the New Year 2015 begins, I hope you will mark your new calendar with several reminders. The first is to check on any of your neighbors who may be elderly or in poor health to see what assistance they may need when the weather is cold, wet, or snowy. Second, make sure you have purchased I new dog license for each of your canine friends. Third, stock your bird-feeders with food for the wild birds in your neighborhood so they will be ready to help us out next summer by eating many of those pesky insects that “bug” us. And last, schedule some time just for your relaxation and rejuvenation with a special treat, a good book, or a visit with some good friends.
Have a Happy, Blessed New Year!
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 6:30 p.m. Carol sing followed by 7 p.m. Candlelight Service at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 121 South Main Street, Hughesville.
Wednesday, Dec. 24, Services at both Christ United Methodist, 148 South Main Street, and Bethany United Methodist, 111 South Second Street, Hughesville.