December 23rd: Scrooge’s Unknown Prayer

’At this time of the rolling year,’ the spectre said, `I suffer most. Why did I walk through crowds of fellow-beings with my eyes turned down, and never raise them to that blessed Star which led the Wise Men to a poor abode? Were there no poor homes to which its light would have conducted me!

Scrooge was very much dismayed to hear the spectre going on at this rate, and began to quake exceedingly.

`Hear me!’ cried the Ghost. `My time is nearly gone.’

`I will,’ said Scrooge. `But don’t be hard upon me! Don’t be flowery, Jacob! Pray!’

`How it is that I appear before you in a shape that you can see, I may not tell. I have sat invisible beside you many and many a day.’

It was not an agreeable idea. Scrooge shivered, and wiped the perspiration from his brow.

`That is no light part of my penance,’ pursued the Ghost. `I am here to-night to warn you, that you have yet a chance and hope of escaping my fate. A chance and hope of my procuring, Ebenezer.’” (A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens, emphasis added).

Why was Marley permitted to visit Scrooge that fateful Christmas Eve night? Why was he allowed to warn his old partner of his impending fate? Maybe there was a silent prayer offered from the heart of Scrooge himself. It was so silent he wasn’t even aware he said it. From some hidden corner of his heart a plea was sent up. Maybe, just maybe this is what that hidden corner of his heart asked for on December 23rd. Continue reading

A small act of kindness

It was a simple act. I wonder how many people even noticed? Surely if I saw it others must have too.

Brother So-and-so was saying the Sacrament prayer for the bread. Apparently, it was that kind of day for him. The words just couldn’t make their way out of his mouth correctly. He started several times. This is one of those instances that have the potential to embarrass someone. For some people, it could even drive them to obscurity. Slip away, slip away into safe, comfortable surroundings. Why bother trying?

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Faith with Works Brings Forth Miracles

guest bloggerby Nancy Lee

November 19, 2014

NJ could picture her mom dancing and chanting to the Little Engine that Could on her way to the testing center. It brought a smile to her face. She remembered all throughout her school days how her mom would chant to her, “I think you can, I think you can!” for encouragement. NJ found a sudden burst of energy. She studied long and hard for this test and was ready for any question thrown at her!

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Donations

I have to admit, I hoped I wouldn’t get challenged.  I watched as people poured ice cold water on themselves and wondered, ‘wouldn’t it be better to just donate?’  But, my sister NJ nominated me.  So I cheated.

mom's montage

While I agree ALS is a worthwhile charity to donate to, I also like to point out a couple of other charities near and dear to my heart.

http://cowboysagainstcancer.com/

http://healthcare.utah.edu/huntsmancancerinstitute/giving/