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By Cindy Lou Harrington on December 21, 2014
Music at Christmas, especially singing, is a way for people to feel joy in themselves as well as sharing it with others. As we generate joy, we reconnect with God.
Even during this time of joy, events in the world and in our lives may lead to feeling anything but joy.
Henry Wadsworth wrote ‘I Heard the Bells’ before Christmas midway through the American Civil War, a time of ongoing grief and sorrow. Lyrics no longer song lamented, ‘And from each black, accursed mouth the cannon thurdered in the South’ as at that Christmas lives seemed filled with news of death bringing despair.
Yet Wadsworth ended the song with the words, ‘The Wrong shall fail, The Right prevail, with peace on earth, good-will to men’, and so declared the triumph of the Christ spirit over despair. Cindy Lou Harrington shares a three step process to move from sadness to sweetness year round, enabling the joy of Christmas to be part of our lives every day of the year.
By Keith Noyes on December 17, 2014
I was apprehensive the first day as I met the teacher. She asked me to work with her 5th grade students
using multiplication flash cards. It felt awkward at first then I got more comfortable with it. She threw
me a curve when she asked me to help one day by walking a student through their test and have them
correct any answers they got wrong. It brings a new challenge trying to get someone to understand a
concept I just take for granted because I have done it for so long. It was back to flash cards, then can
you help them with word problems?