Always Do The Right Thing

In churches that I have pastored, a Christmas tree in the lobby had names of needy children on it with a gift suggestion for that child. Dottie and I would always take a few cards and buy gifts for the children. We would spend about $25 on each child. Since retiring, we have been attending aContinue reading “Always Do The Right Thing”

The Most Meaningful Christmas

Meaningful? What is the most meaningful Christmas you ever celebrated? Was it the year you received a new X-Box, sixty-inch smart television, a new car, a new home? Was it a time when you went on vacation? For my family, it was a year when we could not afford to purchase gifts. There were noContinue reading “The Most Meaningful Christmas”

Homemade Christmas Tree Decoration

It was time! Time to put up the Christmas tree again. In the attic were cardboard boxes filled with Christmas ornaments, lights, and decorations. There were lots of them. In the middle of the hallway ceiling was a rope connected to a pull-down staircase. I pulled down the stairway, and Florida heat fell from theContinue reading “Homemade Christmas Tree Decoration”

The Thanksgiving Feast and Glow

She would begin baking pies and making casseroles the night before Thanksgiving. On Thanksgiving Day, the turkey, ham, and several side dishes culminated into an aroma that I will never forget. The only thing that has changed in my 72 Thanksgivings is the one preparing the feast. For me, my Mother was that first “she.”Continue reading “The Thanksgiving Feast and Glow”

Congregational Laughter

Few people remember the accidental hilarity of their pastor. However, if you are a regular church attendee, you should have enough material in twenty years to write a book about the funny things that happened in our gatherings. It was hilarious! I was in the sermon’s climax and sensed the Holy Spirit moving. I movedContinue reading “Congregational Laughter”

The Test I Cheated On

Six of us worked in the warehouse at the Telephone Company. We coded everything and rarely had to search for any of the inventory. We used forklifts and stackers to move inventory as it arrived and as we filled orders. Talk about a fun job, this was it. We worked as a team, joked, laughed,Continue reading “The Test I Cheated On”

Leona and the Magician

Leona and Butterscotch Both of our daughters have quick wit and are spontaneous with humor. During their childhood, we were a family of Christian magicians and evangelists. It was an honor to entertain at all kinds of events. We performed at Reunions, Promotions; Scouts; Churches; Company Events; Conferences; and Magic Conventions in many States andContinue reading “Leona and the Magician”