A Grateful Heart

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For most of us, Christmas is over by now. The presents have all been unwrapped, the stockings have been emptied, and now we face the task of returning to the day-to-day routine that, for a brief time every year, gets suspended in lieu of the holiday season. Many of us, myself included, have returned to our day jobs, albeit reluctantly, and soon the kids will be returning to school. It’s sad how fast the spirit of love and generosity that is at the heart of the Christmas season fades into the background as daily life begins once again to take over our thoughts and our conscience. But before that warm fuzziness of Christmas gives way to the cold reality of going to work before sunrise in January, I want to take a minute to talk about the difference between “thankful” and “grateful.” Continue reading

Giving Thanks

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It seems every year that the Christmas decorations come out earlier and earlier at most retailers. The big box stores barely wait for Halloween to pass and for the trick or treaters to change out of their costumes and back into regular clothes before putting out the artificial trees, string lights, inflatable reindeer, Santa, snowmen, and a whole unbelievable host of other holiday accoutrements for the home.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas (regardless of what you may hear from my wife). Continue reading