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The Gift

Posted: December 8, 2013 by kibler in Hope, Uncategorized
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THE GIFT

By an unknown soldier stationed in Okinawa, Japan

T’was the night before Christmas      Image

He lived all alone,

In a one bedroom house made of

Plaster and stone.

I had come down the chimney

With presents to give,

And to see just who

In this home did live.

I looked all about,

A strange sight I did see,

No tinsel, no presents,

Not even a tree.

No stocking by mantle,

Just boots filled with sand,

On the wall hung pictures

Of far distant lands.

With medals and badges,

Awards of all kinds,

A sober thought

Came through my mind.

For this was different,

It was dark and dreary,

I found the home of a soldier,

Once I could see clearly.

The soldier lay sleeping,

Silent, alone,

Curled up on the floor

In this one bedroom home.

The face was so gentle,

The room in such disorder,

Not how I pictured

A United States soldier.

Was this the hero of whom I’d just read?

Curled up on a poncho, the floor for a bed?

I realized the families

That I saw this night,

Owed their lives to these soldiers

Who were willing to fight.

Soon round the world,

The children would play,

And grownups would celebrate

A bright Christmas Day.

They all enjoyed freedom

Each month of the year,

Because of the soldiers,

Like the one lying here.

I couldn’t help wonder

How many lay alone,

On a cold Christmas Eve

In a land far from home.

The very thought

Brought a tear to my eye,

I dropped to my knees

And started to cry.

The soldier awakened

And I heard a rough voice,

“Santa don’t cry,

This life is my choice;

I fight for freedom,

I don’t ask for more,

My life is my God,

My Country, My Corps.”

The soldier rolled over

And soon drifted to sleep,

I couldn’t control it,

I continued to weep.

I kept watch for hours,

So silent and still

And we both shivered

From the cold night’s chill.

I didn’t want to leave

On that cold, dark, night,

This Guardian of Honor

So willing to fight.

Then the soldier rolled over,

With a voice soft and pure,

Whispered, “Carry on Santa,

It’s Christmas Day, all is secure.”

One look at my watch, and I knew he was right.

“Merry Christmas my friend, and to all a good night.”

It’s Christmas Time Again
by Bob Lazzar-Atwood

Put your problems on probation          Image
Run your troubles off the track,
Throw your worries out the window
Get the monkeys off your back.
Silence all your inner critics
With your conscience make amends,
And allow yourself some happiness
It’s Christmas time again!

Call a truce with those who bother you
Let all the fighting cease,
Give your differences a breather
And declare a time of peace,
Don’t let angry feelings taint
The precious time you have to spend,
And allow yourself some happiness
It’s Christmas time again!

Like some cool refreshing water
Or a gentle summer breeze,
Like a fresh bouquet of flowers
Or the smell of autumn leaves,
It’s a banquet for the spirit
Filled with family, food and friends,
So allow yourself some happiness
It’s Christmas time again!

 

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I recently read a poem by Rose Marie Rideout and wanted to share this wonderful poem with you. Please think about your Christmas this year and what you can do to share the Christmas warmth and cheer with someone in need.

 

A Beautiful Christmas

By Rose Marie Rideout

The streets have gone to silence,

Even the poor has laid their heads to rest.

Tonight Santa remembers all,

Each year he’s put to test.

The list gets larger every year,

No one wishes for peace and love,

No one takes the time to remember,

We celebrate Baby Jesus birthday up above.

How many think of our loved ones away,

Who give their all for us this day,

The hungry who are homeless and alone,

With no food and no place to call home.

No comfy pillow, no blanket to hug,

Just an old dampened box, and no one to love.

The beauty we see on the streets every year,

The lights and the soft glow glitter we share.

Just give a dollar, a pair of old worn gloves,

A scarf you don’t wear to show off your love.

The smiles and laughter show that we care,

If we’d take the time to wipe away another’s tear.

Buy an extra coffee along your way,

Reach out to a homeless cold person this day.

Let them see someone really does care,

Stop them before they shed another tear.

A pair of wool socks that sat in your drawer,

A coat that’s just not your style anymore,

It can keep another one warm from the cold,

Your heart will be happy inside I’m told.

Close your eyes and thank God up above,

For helping you know the meaning of love,

For making a difference to someone today,

By sharing a little throughout your day.

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS

31 Days

This is a wonderful time of the year. But too often we forget what the season is all about and forget about those around us. We are in such a hurry to get everything done that we do not take the time to really connect with people. We need to take the time to notice people, children, co-workers, pets, the elderly, military families and the homeless. Think about what you can do for the next 31 days. Try it and see what happens. If these ideas do not fit your lifestyle, start your own list and make a difference starting today.

 

I’ve created my list for December and here is what I will strive to do each day this month. Starting today!

DECEMBER :

  1. Start the month with optimism as we enter a wonderful time of the year. Decide within yourself to make a difference.
  2. If there is someone at work who you know is struggling, take a few moments to encourage them and let them know how important they are to the company.
  3. Visit a homeless shelter. Take groceries and clothing to help someone in need.
  4. Take a friend to lunch to let them know how important they are to you and how much you value their friendship.
  5. Visit an animal shelter. Adopt a pet, or donate supplies to provide a better life for the animals there.
  6. Perform one random act of kindness for someone you come in contact with. Open a door, yield in traffic, give a compliment, etc. You know you can do it.
  7. Begin the work week with a positive attitude and despite a troubled economy that affects business and family, make a determined effort to make a difference at work.
  8. Be polite and cordial to everyone you meet, no matter what.
  9. Make a real effort before a family dinner to look around the table and tell everyone in your life how important they are to you.
  10. Do something for the environment today. Think about it carefully and find something that will make a difference. Think green all day!
  11. At lunch today, give something extra to your server and put a smile on their face.
  12. Call a friend that you have not spoken to for a while to reconnect and get caught up on each other’s lives.
  13. Take time to share with your kids how much they mean to you and how blessed you are to be their parent.
  14. If you see any military personnel at lunch today, consider picking up their tab.
  15. Tell your spouse how much you love and adore them and spend time reconnecting.
  16. Visit an elderly person you know and see what they may need or what you can do for them today.
  17. At your next dinner party give everyone paper and pen and let each write down what they are thankful for. Put them in a binder and leave out for all to read.
  18. Find a needy family and bring them a Christmas tree with all the trimmings and food for the holidays.
  19. Donate blood to your local blood bank today.
  20. Visit your local food pantry and ask them what they are in need of and then do whatever you can to meet that need.
  21. Call an estranged family member and apologize, even if it was not your fault.
  22. Call your parents just to talk and thank them for all they have done for you. If your parents are not still alive, then call an elderly person who may need to hear from you.
  23. If you have a grandchild, spend the day with them. Take the time to get to know them and let them bond with you.
  24. Call every family member you can to wish them a happy holiday and let them know how important they are to you.
  25. Be blessed and bless someone else today. Be grateful and thankful all day.
  26. Be positive all day. No complaining, no matter what. Even if you’re fighting crowds to return a gift.
  27. Donate clothes, toys or anything extra you may have after Christmas as there are many needs yet to be met.
  28. Take a walk and reflect on the beauty of this world. Spend some quiet time and enjoy everything around you.
  29. Read a book or write notes of encouragement to friends and family for the New Year.
  30. Think of some wonderful act of kindness someone bestowed upon you and look for opportunities to do the same for someone else.
  31. Plan your 2010 year of giving. Donate to your favorite charity and consider what you plan to do this New Year to make a difference in someone’s life.

I hope that I will be successful with my list and I will make every effort to do so.

Please make your own list and please share with me what you may be doing to make a difference over the next 31 days. I would love to hear from you and share with others what you are doing. Write me and good luck!