Navaho Prayer for Peace
Peace before us
Peace behind us
Peace under our feet
Peace within us
Peace over us
Let all around us be peace
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Making a List, Checking it Twice,
Rev. Randy Quinn
Weíve started receiving Christmas Cards at our house,
have you? I donít know how many you get each year and I donít know how
many you send each year, but our list has gotten shorter over the years.
Before Ronda and I were married, I was sending over 100 Christmas cards
each year; together our list was enormous and needed to be cut down!
But every year we face the same dilemma. Who gets one
and who doesnít? What names do we drop from our list and who will we add
this year? Of the ones who get a card, who gets a personal note and who
doesnít? Who gets a family picture, who gets pictures of the kids, and
which cards go without any photos?
Itís a hard decision to make. And what makes it harder
is that we face the same decision every year. While we do not allow
money to be the primary factor in deciding who is on our list or not,
itís also true that as the price of cards and the cost of postage has
risen over the years we have become more and more selective Ė but we
still sent about 85 cards this year.
Over the years, we have developed a set of criteria for
our list, but it isnít an exact science by any means. Maybe youíve tried
to apply some of the same criteria to your Christmas Card lists, too.
- If we hear from someone some time during the year, we usually keep
their name on the list.....
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