Wishing you a Strong and Courageous 2023

Here are some of my joyful moments during this holiday season of 2022.

I hope these photos and video will bring you a smile!

“Doggone Christmas” Contest

…and I hope smiling will remind you of your own joyful times in 2022.

Jonesborough Christmas parade

May you be filled with gratitude!

These times take courage and inner strength to find peace within your heart and soul.

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

Jonesborough Christmas Church tour: music, cookies, hot chocolate, and man’s best friends!

Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid.

God is with you wherever you go!

And I am sending you a big ……


…And the soul felt its worth

O holy night, the stars are brightly shining,

It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth.

Long lay the world in sin and error pining

‘Til he appeared and the soul felt its worth.

from “O Holy Night”, words by poet Placide Cappeau, music by Adolphe Adam

It’s true! I can attest to it. I feel my own worth as a human being from praying to the Savior, listening and knowing him through reading the Bible.

Think about it…

If someone is willing to die for you, you must realize that you are of great worth to them.

If someone lives for you, you have to believe that you are extremely valuable to them.

That someone is Jesus.

Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God proves His love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

He is able to save forever those who come to God through him, because he always lives to plead on their behalf.

Jesus is always pleading our case before the Father, like a defense lawyer on our behalf. Jesus is interceding for us while Satan (whose name means “accuser”) is pointing out our sins and frailties before God.

Talk to him. What better time than right now?

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Wishing you ALL a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

Photo credits

Nithi Anand, Flickr, https://www.flickr.com/photos/nithiclicks/15821941673 “Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul”

TriviaKing at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0, via Wikimedia Commons “Closeup of a hug”

My photo of our Christmas tree and candle

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Happy New Year 2012, the Year the World Ends!

How can we celebrate the new year, when we have to anticipate the end of the world all year?

My first reaction to the “news” that the world was ending on December 21, 2012 was fear and dread. I had the same reaction to Harold Camping’s prediction that judgment was coming on May 21, 2011 .

The Metro Calgary newspaper did a creative set of stories on the topic, which showed that people have various ideas of what is meant by “the end of the world”. Some thought it was a physical end caused by an asteroid or global warming. Others thought it was an economic melt down in which we couldn’t buy food or water, so they figured they would stock up. I think it’s Armageddon, in which World War III breaks out because of Middle East and Western tensions forcing nuclear warfare. Pretty scary stuff.

My second reaction to these predictions was to sit down and have a talk with God. Only he knows the exact date of the “end of the world”. I asked him to calm my fears and told him that if I was doing to die at the end of this year then I wish that I had done more to help the needy around the globe. I said I wanted to obey whatever he is calling me to do and asked him to keep changing me in order to make those things happen. I am only one flawed person with limitations, but I can do everything Christ gives me strength to do, so that is what I have to trust in on a daily basis.

Two days ago, my son and I went to Astronomy Night at Telus Spark, Calgary’s new Science Center. Near the end of his talk about interesting astronomical events coming up in this year, the speaker, astronomer Alan Dyer, mentioned the winter solstice and the dire predictions.

His approach was that of the awesome cartoon by Dan Piraro, that the ending of the Mayan Calendar wasn’t much different from the ending of our yearly calendar on December 31st. Therefore, there was nothing to worry about. (Wikipedia quotes, “For the ancient Maya, it was a huge celebration to make it to the end of a whole cycle…To render December 21, 2012, as a doomsday event or moment of cosmic shifting is a complete fabrication and a chance for a lot of people to cash in.”)

And I agree that there is nothing to worry about because of the ending of the Mayan Calendar…


I think there are some things to “worry” about, because I think that there are such things as “healthy” fears. The trepidation of standing on the edge of a cliff, taking drugs, fighting in a war—these are healthy, sane, good fears. And I think that the fear of death is also a good fear, if you haven’t settled the matter of God and heaven and hell.

My co-worker said she was terrified about December 21, 2012. I said I wasn’t terrified of the Mayan Calendar causing the end of the world, but I was pretty sure that we’re heading in that general direction because of Biblical prophecies of Christ’s return that seem to be coming true, one after the other. And those predictions sound scary.

Here’s where our faith comes in. What do we depend on? What do we trust in for our safety and well-being? Our family and friends? Our financial portfolio? Scientists? Our church attendance? Social programs? Our government? Our good deeds? A higher power? That’s me, like the American coins, “In God I Trust”.

We can have a Happy New Year in 2012.