Ethics, Smethics

Playground.4Do ethics still matter or are they something to be set aside when we feel like it.  Are they ethics or ethics smethics?  I think they do matter.  I also think they are important to teach to children.  Yet, many adults no longer seem to feel they are important.  And, that is troubling.

Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines ethics as:

  • a set of moral principles :  a theory or system of moral values
  • the principles of conduct governing an individual or a group
  • a guiding philosophy
  • a consciousness of moral importance

Wow, some big concepts about how to act, how to treat others, and how to live our lives.  Yet who and what determines our ethics?  I feel that our faiths, morals, and values are a large factor, as well as what we were taught growing up.  Our experiences and our own internal values also are a part.

Treating others as we want to be treated used to be a good gauge of our ethics and morals.  Yet today, we seem to hate, to distrust, and lie to each other without thought or question.  We have leaders who are doing the same.  We seem to not think twice about cutting someone’s feelings to the bone and causing them pain.

We seem to think we are better than each other.  And, some even think they are above the law, above reproach, and above questioning.  Yet, should anyone be exempt from treating someone kindly and fairly and with respect?  Should anyone be above reproach or questioning? I don’t think so.

Is it right and ethical of a political party to not investigate something just because it was allegedly done by the same party?  I think not.  Saying so is turning a blind eye to something that could be very wrong and harmful.

Is it right to hate someone who believes a different religion than we do, or looks different than we do, or has less money than we do, or loves in a way that we don’t understand?  I think not to this as well.

Hate crimes have been going on for years.  I don’t like them and often don’t understand them and I want them to stop.  Unless we can replace this hate and distrust with love and learning to trust, I don’t know how we can change.

Children love without question and without prejudice.  They are taught how to hate, how to distrust, and often how to lie.  They can and should instead be taught how to love, how to trust, and how to know and tell the truth.

A few things I want for us to do:

  • May we learn to be kind to each other
  • May we discern what is right and what is wrong
  • May we not listen to people trying to convince us that lies are the truth
  • May we stand up for what we believe without tearing each other down
  • May we ask questions and seek the truth
  • May we discern what we are being told to believe
  • May we live ethical lives
  • May we teach our children to love
  • May we always love

I wonder if we can be ethical and live with love and respect?  My earnest prayer is that we can.  I know that we can; I just hope that we will.

Followup to Our Freedoms, New President

FlagsHi and happy Monday.  I had an amazing response to my blog that I posted on Friday — On Freedoms and Our New President . Thanks so much to all that read it.  For those who gave comments, I thank you as well.

I have had responses from people I don’t know, acquaintances, and from my friends and family.  Only two were posted at the end of that blog and I responded to them.  Another one I have been reviewing and others were on Facebook.  I like that people are willing to discuss what they think, calmly and rationally.

I did notice that one of my friends from high school has totally opposite views on a few subjects than I do.  I thought that was very interesting and realize that it is a time to start a dialogue and learn about what each other thinks.  If we can’t do this, I don’t know how we can come together.

She thought that the media was the one twisting the facts and slanting things and trying to tell people what to think.  My view is that the administration is doing that and the media is reporting on it and often asking questions that the administration seems to not like to answer.

So, what do we do with this?  How do we reconcile opinions when they are so totally different?  I am not saying that she is wrong and I am right.  I don’t think that.  I just realize how different our viewpoints are.  And, I want to find a way to learn from one another and respect where each other is coming from.

I have known this friend for most of my life, lost touch for a while, and am recently back in touch with her.  I have many fond memories of our younger years and a lot of fun more recently with her.  I don’t want that to change.  So, I do want this to work.

Calmly talking to each other is a great first start.  Taking the time to listen and not telling each other to shut up would also be good.  Listening to learn about another side of an issue is extremely important to learn about issues and figure out a way to solve them.

On both the right and the left, there are certainly bends and leanings of all media.  Each news channel and newspaper seem to have opinions these days.  We often like to listen to the ones we agree with and often don’t understand or like what the other side has to say.

My major in college was journalism and my first job after that was as a reporter with a beat of county government, the county commission, the jail, the sheriff’s department, the courts, the school board, and other items as well.  I learned so much on this beat and was fascinated at how it all worked.  I will write another blog on that experience soon.

Back then, fact and opinion were always separate and not allowed to be co-mingled. Things have changed so very much since then.   As we all know now, opinion and commentary now are regular parts of the discussion.   Now anyone can create a blog and write his or her opinion.  We also have Facebook and Twitter to spread our message, whatever it may be.

My sincere hope and prayer is that we all can find a way to be more civil with one another, stop lying (from the top down), stop being so hateful, and instead respect each other.  All sides of issues are screaming and yelling and I really don’t like that.  If we keep yelling, we cannot listen to one another.  And, I think there are many people with ideas to contribute and make things better, if only we can stop all of the noise.

On Freedoms and Our New President

governmentSince the new president was sworn in, I have been told to get over my opinion.  In addition, I have read postings screaming at people for not respecting him, fussing for not supporting all that he says and does, told to not hate on him, and to give him a chance.

Okay, I get that and I understand where these people are coming from. On the other hand, I was taken aback at being talked to this way and reading these postings.  I am a calm and normally quiet person.  I don’t like being talked to like a child by people who aren’t my elders or my parents or other family member.  I also don’t like being told how to think and what to believe and I never have.

I do not hate our new president.  Instead, I pray for him and all of our leaders.  I pray that they will discern what is best for all of our citizens and be respectful of all of us.  I also pray they will lead us with integrity and values of all Americans, not just those who elected them.  And I question him, what he says, and what he does, as I always have with our leaders.

Disagreeing with our leadership is not being disrespectful or hateful.  It is exercising our rights as citizens of this great country of ours.  During President Obama’s eight years, he was regularly mocked, told he was a liar, had his citizenship and religion questioned for years, and people criticized him every day.  So, why is it suddenly wrong to question and disagree with President Trump?  I don’t understand.

I am not saying that I agreed with all that Obama did, but overall I liked him.  I questioned some things but thought he was fair and took all citizens into account.  I want our new president to be a great president and do the best for our country.  I want him to work with other countries to maintain peace and still protect us.  It doesn’t have to be one or the other, in my opinion.

I wonder if he understands how the United State Government works or if he cares. I only mention this because of what has transpired over the past few weeks – not to be hateful or disrespectful.  There are three branches of government with equal but separate powers.  Our founding fathers set up the government to prevent the consolidation of power to one person functioning as a king or emperor.  (Note: This image is from Power Point clip art.)

This is not his company anymore where he can fire any person at will.  This is the United States of America with an array of amazing and very different people.  This is not a reality show but real life.  And, real life is messy and full of problems, arguments, free wills, disagreements, as well as love and respect and finding a way to work together for the betterment of our friends, our family, and strangers.

I want Mr. Trump to stop bashing those who disagree with him.  I want him to tell the truth.  I want him to not insult other world leaders but instead find ways to work with them.  I want him to know that he cannot always get his way but can compromise to come to something that is best for our nation and our citizens.

Too many people now believe that compromising is to be avoided at all costs.  Instead, it could be the way we can work together again.  It worked when Reagan was President and I think that it could again, if our leaders are willing.

I want him to stop saying one thing one week and then the total opposite two weeks later and trying to blame others or the media for what was directly quoted.  I want him to realize that his words have weight and should be thought through.  I want him to listen to and consider views other than his own.  I want him to realize he isn’t the only one in the room with a good idea and something to contribute.

I want him to respect others if he demands and expects respect.  Respect has to go both ways.  It is time to stop focusing on crowd sizes, polls, and numbers and get to the business at hand for ALL citizens.  Just because a poll or news report doesn’t agree or say what you want, it doesn’t mean it is a lie or false journalism.  Different opinions show that people use their own brains to decide what they think and what they believe.  It is the First Amendment at work.

Let’s face it, that amendment is hard to live with but needs to be protected, upheld, and if needed, studied.  As much as we have a right to speak our mind, so do others who we totally disagree with.  I as a Christian have as much right as those of any and all other faiths.  And you know what else?  Even though I may not agree with them or them with me, they deserve my respect if I want it in return.

Also, the media has the right and duty to report the news, ask questions, investigate, and not be the mouthpiece for the government.  This is a democracy with a free media and that must stand.  In countries where the press is controlled by the government, there is usually much less freedom for the people.

We are not children to be scolded and told what to do.  I am tired of this trend as well.  I am a grown woman, married with one child.  I am a high school graduate, a college graduate, a former journalist, and now writer and editor.  I am a moderate independent who has voted for both Republicans and Democrats.

I am an American who loves our country and our freedoms.  I am an American who has a voice and a vote.  I want the best for our country and am sure that we all do.  I hope and pray that we can come together to do just that.

Public Schools Rock!

Playground.5The vote this week to confirm someone as the Secretary of Education who has no experience in the public schools had me dumbstruck and confused.  Why, oh why would the Senate do this?  They almost didn’t but a first ever tie-breaking vote was made to approve her.

I want to give her a chance and see if she can bring something new to the discussion about education.  I hope and pray that she does.  I just am not sure and am concerned.

I want her to listen to the thousands of teachers, principals, superintendents / directors of schools, school boards, PTO and PTA members, parents, and others who have been working and supporting our nation’s public schools.  I also want her to understand the importance, value, and need of the public schools.

I come from a long line of public teachers and am proud to say so.  My grandparents taught in the schools as well as one of my great-grandmothers. My grandfather worked with special needs students and all students to have what they need to learn.  My parents both taught.  My sister is a teacher.  I also have aunts and uncles, friends, cousins and others who are teachers or have taught. I have one thing to say to all of them, thank you!

I am a graduate of a public high school that provided wonderful classes and information.  I went to a public elementary school, a public junior high, and a public high school.  My school district was and still is one of the best around.  I hope they continue to be.

Now, I am involved again in the public schools with my son now being a student.  He loves his school, he loves his teachers, and so do I.  They all want what is best for him and work hard to teach him, help him, and encourage him when he has struggles. They not only teach academics, but also life skills and values, and recite a pledge each morning to be kind, work together, give no put-downs, and do their best.  This is said after the Pledge of Allegiance.

As you are aware, I am also active in his school’s PTO.  I very much enjoy working with the school staff, administration, teachers, and parents to help our students.  I will continue to do so as long as he is at this school.

Those of us who love our public schools should continue to fight for our students.  May we be positive and support our teachers, our students, our principals and vice principals, our staff members, our superintendents and directors of schools, and our school boards.  May we continue to have a wonderful public education.

My Civics Class

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAWhen I was in 9th grade, I had the opportunity to take the best class — Civics. It was team taught and all about the American Government. I learned a lot and over the past two weeks have realized that our leaders of today and our citizens could benefit from this class.

We the students were taught by two amazing men who also coached.  They let us do everything that you normally just read about.  So, it stuck with all of us.  Anyone who took this course learned so much and was, I think, the better for it.

In our Civics community, we first were immigrants to the United States.  We wrote about ourselves and had to go through Citizenship class.  We came to the class with new eyes and respect for this amazing country with so many freedoms.

We then chose jobs, discussed and filled out tax returns, and decided how much we earned from our job. If we had a family, we had to take care of a raw egg and treat it as a child.  We learned about the taxes that are paid before you get your salary and how the IRS works.

We also held a Presidential election, had a convention or two (I don’t remember), and voted for our candidate.  Thankfully there wasn’t too much mud being slung around.  At least I don’t remember it. Then the swearing-in.

We learned that there are three branches of government since our founding fathers didn’t want a king or queen in charge of the new world  This is what is great and unique to America.  We have the executive branch (the President), the legislative branch (Congress), and the judicial branch (the Supreme Court).

All three have specific roles and compliment each other. At least they are supposed to. The President is not in charge of everything and cannot change everything.  We have checks and balances in place so one person cannot control it all.  I for one am thankful for that and hope it never changes. I just wish that our current leadership realized this fact.

I don’t remember how we studied the legislative branch but seems that we wrote laws and discussed and debated them.  We also had to argue a case before our Supreme Court.  Some argued for what they believed in and others argued for things that they didn’t.  It was a great learning tool to learn about something that was different from our own belief and to discover that there is merit in another side of an argument.

We also had a court case with eye witnesses.  What was amazing was that many people recalled different facts about the crime, as often happens in real life. This is often hard to work with for those in the courts and those working to convict criminals.  As I wrote about last week, it is our own unique perspective that is part of what we see and pay attention to.

This class meant the world to me since we were right in there doing things as adults do them in the real world.  I only wish now that our adults would take their rolls and positions seriously and realize how important our country is.  Our freedoms are amazing and so special and not to be removed.

I wonder how much of what I learned in Civics class will continue to be how our country operates.  I hope and pray that it all will.  And, I will do my part to ensure that it continues on as it should for our son and his generation.  I will vote, I will write, I will discern and I will think about what is being said and done.  I hope that you will do the same.

Kindness Does Matter

DSC00725This week, I have woken up in the middle of the night with thoughts and worries.  Much has been on my mind since so much has changed so quickly.  It is making my head spin.  I have also been thinking about the fact that our society is now so rude and no longer tolerant of those who don’t agree with us.

Contrary to what is seen on social media now and on television, kindness and respect matter.  Differences of opinion without being threatened matter.  A free press and chance to speak out matter.  Our constitution and promise that all men are created equal matter.  Helping each other and loving our fellow men and women matter.

When did it happen that these things no longer matter?  I don’t remember but it is on full display now.  And, it is so ugly. This way of thinking has been brewing and building for a long time and sadly has continued.  It is from all sides of the issues.  We can do better than this.  We must do better than this for our children and for each other.

I had the amazing opportunity of growing up in a diverse family.  We all didn’t think alike, believe alike, love alike, talk alike, or act alike.  You know what?  It didn’t matter since we still loved each other.  We were family and that mattered more than our differences.  Not to say there weren’t heated arguments and hurt feelings because there were.

The difference was and still is that we have apologized, tried to repair the relationship, and worked on healing.  We listened to each other in order to learn where each other was coming from.  We took the time to find out another side of an argument.  And most importantly we didn’t try to shame one another into believing as we did.  That skill seems to be gone today.

Instead we are on edge before a conversation even starts.  Instead both those on the left and those on the right are trying to one up each other and scream at each other that the other’s belief is wrong.  Is that how we’d want children to act?  Would we put up with it from them?  If not, why are we with each other?  I just don’t understand.

How will things change and improve for our entire country and all of our citizens if we can’t even have a debate without yelling and screaming at each other and calling one another names?  I wasn’t allowed to do that as a child and my husband and I don’t want our son to do that either.  Yet, many adults do so each day.

Another thing that concerns me and that is hard to explain to our son is all of the blatant and outright lies being told by people in leadership and those speaking for them.  That too has been going on for far too long and needs to stop.  As I told someone yesterday, I don’t like lying from any side and never have.

And, just because someone says something over and over and over again doesn’t make it true.  Facts are facts.  We may not like them but by their definition, that is what they are.  I don’t understand why people seem to not understand that and believe the lies as truths.  That has not made sense to me for a long, long time.

I also think that blind devotion in anything can be dangerous.  I think that we should ask questions, we should investigate, we should learn, we should discern, and we should pray and/or meditate.  We shouldn’t be told how to think or what to think.

I told our son something this week I never thought I would say, “Just because you hear an adult say something doesn’t make it true.  Mom and Dad will talk with you about any and all questions that you have and things you don’t understand.”  As he gets older, he will have to discern for himself.

I just hope and pray that we have taught him enough about morals, ethics, kindness, love, forgiveness, empathy, and tolerance that he can stand on his own two feet.  And, to standup for what he believes in without tearing someone else down.  We still have so much to teach as well as to learn from him.  Isn’t that an amazing blessing?

There is so much more I could write about and probably will in the coming days.  Until then, I will keep praying, studying, watching, listening, and discerning what I see, read, and hear.  My prayer is that you too will do the same.

I will continue to work with my husband in teaching our son the values that we hold dear, whether or not society does the same.  My prayer is that you practice kindness today as I will also try to do. May we always remember to love and be kind instead of to hate.

Hello January!

Playground.2Hello and welcome to January.  I cannot believe that we are now 18 days into the new year.  My that time has flown. Hope you are having a great week.  Mine has been pretty good but our unseasonably warm weather is wreaking havoc on my allergies and sinuses.

I have missed writing and hope to be back to it soon on a more regular basis.  The holidays were a whirlwind and I enjoyed down time and family time.  Now that school is back in session, we are busy again.  We are back to the routine of busy mornings, homework, and all of the rest.

I haven’t been inspired this week to write and that is frustrating.  I have many things and people on my mind and am stressed.  Sadly when I get stressed, my body and my stomach are affected.  So, I am trying to do things to help with my stress — watching what I eat today, relax and do some fun things, take a walk later today, do some coloring and a word find, and perhaps I will start meditation.  That would certainly help.

Life is pretty good but every once in a while I think about loved ones who have passed away, loved ones who are now suffering with loss, pain or health issues, loss of jobs, loss of homes and community, and so much more.  I am having one of those days today.  I will do my best, may have a cry, listen to some music, and try to focus on all of the positives.  And, I may go to bed early and hope for a better day tomorrow.

I have a book entitled, The Daily Writer.  Today’s writing is on The Art of Concentration. How is that for irony?  Concentrating on writing has been a challenge in recent weeks as I have mentioned. I hope to be able to concentrate again soon and find new topics that inspire me. I certainly didn’t mean to start on such a downer for my first writing of this new year.  But, it always helps me work through it when I write about it and what I am thinking.

Here are a few quotes about and from the amazing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose life we celebrated on Monday.  He is an inspiration in how he lived his life, fighting for what he believed in, his speeches and his writings.

  • “Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope… and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” ~ “Robert F. Kennedy
  • The time is always right to do what is right.”  ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • “Everybody can be great.  Because anybody can serve.  You don’t have to have a college degree to serve.  You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve…. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve.  You only need a heart full of grace.  A soul generated by love.”  ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • “One day our descendants will think it incredible that we paid so much attention to things like the amount of melanin in our skin or the shape of our eyes or our gender instead of the unique identities of each of us as complex human beings.”  ~ Franklin Thomas
  • “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”  ~ Anne Frank
  • “Act as if what you do makes a difference.  It does.”  ~ William James
  • “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”  ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

May we remember it is okay to have some down days.  May we live each day with kindness, empathy and peace.  May we learn from others different than ourselves and respect each other.  May we fight for what we believe without harm to others.  And, may we remember to always, always love.

The Blessing of Beginnings and Endings

cropped-champagne-glasses.jpgHappy almost New Year! In some parts of the world, it is already 2017.  We have hours left where we live.  Tonight will be a low-key night at home with good food and some time to relax and celebrate.  We will ring in the new year before midnight since school will be starting back soon.

One year will be ending and another beginning.  2016 was a good one since I had a high school reunion, caught up with several friends, served half the year as PTO president and look forward to the second half, spent lots of time with family, took many pictures, celebrated 18 years of marriage, celebrated Ian’s 9th birthday, remembered some loved ones that we lost and were sad to say goodbye to, sang and danced, and so much more.

I look forward to 2017 and what is in store.  I hope that all of the upcoming changes will be good.  And, I hope that we can begin to be kind to each other again and find ways to work together.  I also hope for peace, kindness, health, love, and blessings for my loved ones.

During our winter holiday break, we watched Rudolph and the Red Nosed Reindeer and the lesser known Rudolph and the Shiny New Year.  Ian enjoyed both movies very much.  Each were fun.  And each had some good messages about being kind and loving to others.  And the value of friendship and support.

Here are a few New Year quotes:

  • Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right. ~ Oprah Winfrey
  • Hope and faith flower from the cheerful seeds of the old year to the sprouting garden of the new year’s dawn. ~ Terri Guillemets
  • A Happy New Year! There is a glow of cheer and optimism in the very words “New Year.” The old year, with its anxieties and worries, is over. It too brought happy days and sunshine, and in memory we must cherish the bright places. ~ May Louise Crane
  • A new year is simply the turn of a calendar page — and a beautiful chance for us to turn over a new leaf. ~ Terri Guillemets
  • May all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions. ~ Arnold Glasow
  • We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day. ~ Edith Lovejoy Pierce
  • Lord, as the New Year dawns today,
    Help me to put my faults away.
    Let me be big in little things;
    Grant me the joy which friendship brings;
    Keep me from selfishness and spite,
    Let me be wise to what is right.
    A Happy New Year! grant that I
    May cause no tear to any eye.
    When this new year in time shall end,
    Let it be said: “I’ve played the friend,
    Have lived and loved and labored here
    And made of it a happy year.”
    ~Edgar Guest (1881–1959), “Prayer for the New Year”

The Blessing of The Dash

Clouds_POD_8-15-14During the holiday season, several of my loved ones have lost those who are very dear to them.  Five of my friends have had family members or friends pass away.  And a few famous people who meant a lot to me have also died.  So this holiday time is very bittersweet.

I have been sad and it has had me thinking about the dash.  In all of our lives there is a date we are born, then the dash, and the year that we die. None of us knows when that second date will be, but we can make the most of our dash.

We can make the most of our life, enjoy the time with our friends and family, try new things, and take risks.  And, we can be blessings to one another, spend time with those we love, tell them that we love them, and live our lives to the fullest.  We can exercise, eat those foods we enjoy, walk in the rain, sing to a favorite song, hug each other, and so much more.

As my friend Gordon D. used to say, never be a grave hugger.  I learned this in my early twenties and it has stuck with me all of these years. His point was to never leave something unsaid, and to be sure to resolve arguments and problems as much as you possibly can.  He didn’t want his friends to have regrets when someone they love passes away.

I try to live this way and make the most of my time with friends and family.  But, I cannot do everything and sometimes have to say no.  And, I am not the best at keeping in touch with people or finishing every task.  For example, I have finished writing the Christmas cards but still have to buy stamps and mail them.  Tomorrow, we will do that.

May we find a way to enjoy our dash and have a great life.  May we help those we love to also have a great life.  May we love, forgive, and actually be involved in life.  We are not spectators after all, but active participants.

May we not wish our lives away or wish we could go back.  May we savor each moment and keep going.  May we help those grieving and realize they need time and lots of love.  There is no right way to grieve or no right time frame.  May we be there for one another.

Quotes about making the most of our life:

  • “Don’t be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of.” ~ Charles Richards
  • “Go for it now. The future is promised to no one.” ~ Wayne Dyer
  • “Every man dies. Not every man really lives.” ~ Braveheart
  • “You may delay, but time will not.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
  • “Dream as if you’ll live forever.  Live as if you’ll die today.” ~ James Dean
  • “The important thing is not how many years in your life but how much life in your years.” ~ Edward J. Stieglitz

To those dealing with grief, may you be comforted and have fond memories.  And, may we remember to be there as needed and to always love.

The Blessing of Prayer Support

praying. handsIt is hard to believe we are five days from Christmas.  Wow!  This month has flown and I have hardly written anything.  Things have been busy and I haven’t been inspired.  I hope to be again soon.

I have a lot of loved ones on my mind and heart who are suffering, are in pain, or have recently lost loved ones.  The holidays are supposed to be fun but are also hard for many.  So, I appreciate the blessing of prayer support.

There is nothing like the support of friends and family who pray in times of need.  We can do so much by lifting up one another in our thoughts and prayers.  May we remember to do that throughout the year, and not just at the holidays.  And may we remember to always be kind.

There are loved ones who are having a Heavenly Christmas.  These are my friends and family and those of some of my loved ones — Malachi, Wayne, Erika, Kelly, Glada, my grandparents Dick, Artha, Fran, and Crawford, Uncle Claude, Michael, Diggy, Uncle Davey, Uncle Danny, Judy, Joel, Mike, another friend Wayne, other friends, and other family members.

Some have passed away this year or in recent years, and others a few years ago.  All of them are loved and missed and thought of fondly.   All were amazing people and lit up everyone around them.  All meant a great deal to those who loved them.

Other friends are sick — Bob, Roland, Warren, George, Megan, Ralph, Marilyn, several parents of high school friends, and other friends and family members.  I am lifting them up as well.  I am praying for healing.  If that is not to be, I pray that people have a chance to say goodbye.  I pray that they and their families can enjoy the Christmas season.

May we remember one another with love and kindness and always be there to support each other.  May we also enjoy our times together and take the time to be with our loved ones.  May we remember those who we have lost and celebrate those we still know.  And may we tell our loved ones that we do love them and how special they are to us.

God’s blessings to you.  And, may prayer support bless you as well.