The hunt is on! Find the hidden Winter Solstice Fairies today on Tarot.com to win a FREE Daily Reflection Tarot reading. Here's your hint: The fairies are chilling on a page that's about how hot this season could get. Good luck! http://ow.ly/rYmtO
350 g sweet potatoes 1 acorn squash 4 shallots 1 tablespoon olive oil 6 garlic cloves, unpeeled 3 3/4 cups vegetable broth 1/2 cup light cream salt pepper
Preheat oven to 375F / 190C. Cut the sweet potato, squash and shallot in half lengthwise. Brush the cut sides with oil. Put the vegetables, cut sides down in a shallow roasting pan with the garlic cloves. Roast in the preheated oven for about 40 minutes until tender and light brown. When cool, scoop the flesh from the potatoe and squash halves and put in a pan with the shallots. Remove the garlic peel and add the soft insides to the other vegetables. Add the broth and a pinch of salt. Bring to just a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are very tender (about 30 minutes.). Let the soup cool slightly, then transfer to a blender and puree until smooth (working in batches if necessary). Return the soup to the pan and stir in the cream. Season to taste and simmer for 5-10 minutes until completely heated through.
Everyone loves a good cookie (or a chewy brownie, or a stick of biscotti). Here are recipes to keep your sweet tooth satisfied through the holidays
Mistletoe: The Golden Bough Let us look to ancient Sun worship - particularly that of the Celtic Druids - to understand how mistletoe became an icon of the winter holidays in the northern hemisphere. The Celtic Druids were skilled in herbal medicine and magic, and mistletoe was by far the most sacred of their magical plants. It grew amongst the branches of the sacred trees, seemingly without sustenance. Having no roots, and thus no connection to the Earth, it was considered the sacred plant of the Sun. A tree that hosted a mistletoe plant was marked as particularly sacred by the gods. With its golden color, and habit of growing high off the ground without roots, mistletoe was naturally associated with the Sun. Or, more specifically, it was considered to be the sperm of the solar deity Taranis, and the promise of the sun God’s rebirth. Mistletoe was thought to take on the properties of its host tree, including the tree's essence and power. The most powerful mistletoe grew on the sacred oak. When weather turned cold and leaves dropped from deciduous host trees, the sacred leaves and waxy white berries of mistletoe were revealed. In this was seen a promise of the return of the Sun. During the time of the Winter Solstice, branches would be harvested with great ceremony and used for a variety of medicinal and magical purposes. These purposes included: protection from lightening, curing of poisoning, protection from fire, treatment of epilepsy, protection of livestock from fairy mischief, and protection of babies from witches curses. An old English superstition held that as long as a sprig was retained in the home, so love would be retained. It became popular in some households to insure that a fresh sprig was hung in the household every year. This is probably the origin of the kissing ritual. [Pictured: "Druids Cutting the Mistletoe" (1900) by Henri-Paul Motte]
DECEMBER 21ST ENERGY SHIFT UPDATE & FREE HEALING PHOTO
FREE HEALING PICTURE FOR TODAY'S ENERGIES: Sending you prayers, love and healing energy for today's energy shifts!
DECEMBER 21ST: Today's energy patterns are providing us with a positive energy shift for our self love healing patterns. This is something that is going to help remove any stagnant energy and energetic debris from these areas. This is a much needed energy shift today for us for these areas and will help now build upon the foundation of new higher vibrational energy that we have. Today's vibrational level is best for self love healing work.
Candied yams with marshmallows is a dish you WON'T see on British tables this Christmas.
Thank you Melissa Miller for the undercover mice Thank you Sharon El-Saadi for the Gain! Thank you Betty Hau for the shark bed! Thank you Tracy Sellers for the food Thank you Elizabeth Herrington for the cat tent!
Undine The beautiful nymph Undine rises from her watery depths bearing gifts of plants and water creatures to enhance our world. In her hand she holds an ancient artefact, an offering from Neptune, meant to inspire the imagination and lift the spirits of the harpist. Her crown of candles illuminates the waterfall of life cascading from her hair to surround the harpist with gentle currents of comfort and peace. Words and Image by Josephine Wall http://www.josephinewall.co.uk/
Being the patron saint of Christmas is no small order. Just ask a certain Pumpkin King (aka Sandy Claws) who once tried the jolly old elf's hat on for size. While Jack is now apt to leave official holiday business to the real Santa, he's still game to take part in a cookie swap or two! Click here to get the recipe thanks to our friends at Spoonful.com! http://bit.ly/1hucoQK
A spiced sweet potato cake with decadent coconut frosting inspired by Kwanzaa.
Snowman craft using socks and rice. Cute! Cut a new white sock at the heel. Take the leg part, turn it inside out and tie an elastic tightly on one end. Flip it again so the knot become the base. Pour rice into the sock. Take two elastics, one to create the neck, the other to tie off the top. Glue on beads for the face (or map pins) and buttons for the body. Take the toe part of the sock, turn it inside out. Create a little hat and attach. Sewing a few stitches will work. Tie on a piece of fabric for a scarf and you're done. www.workingwitches.com
In 2004, Utah voters passed Amendment 3, defining marriage as a union exclusively between a man and woman. If a measure was on the ballot today, would you define marriage as between one man and one woman? Click to vote: Yes http://wedgi.es/1cH9inR
In celebration of today's ruling, I would like to offer my services as a wedding celebrant to any same sex couple for free! Contact me if you know anyone who wants to get married soon! Please repost! -Reverend Heron Celtic Handfastings & Weddings
A federal judge in Utah Friday struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, saying the ban violates the U.S. Constitution’s guarantees of equal protection and due process. “The state’s current laws deny its gay and lesbian citizens their fundamental right to marry and, in so doing, demean the
We drew a positive omen for the first day of winter! Our #TarotCard of the Moment is the Ten of Pentacles. No matter what situation you find yourself in, try to make the best of it. You only get out what you put in! http://ow.ly/rYizp
I am excited to announce that this January, I will be featured in a Free 7-Day Online Seminar, Start the New You Now (5 preview videos available now). My interview was a true heart-to-heart with Hay House president Reid Tracy. Using events from my own life as examples, I explore how I was able to accomplish significant things through thinking small rather than big. When embarking on a journey to change the rest of your life, start by holding a vision of who you want to be and simply take each day as it comes.
I also offer gentle, practical advice on fulfilling one's dharma and not interfering with the cycle of life, explaining the role of attention and intuition in manifestation, and delving deep into the meaning behind this saying: When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.
Joining me in this incredible, free online seminar are some wonderful teachers– Louise L. Hay, Gregg Braden, Dr. Christiane Northrup, and Marianne Williamson to name a few. This event starts on January 11th, but you can access 5 free Preview videos now. Please share with your friends.
OK our tenth & final song from our Yuletide selection of tunes for today is this undervalued gem from Spiritualized. 'Lay Back In The Sun' hints at the return of the sun that the solstice promises. Tune in to the DCs tomorrow & we will deliver another selection of songs that we find pertinent for the celebration of Yule & Xmas. Today we have given you the joys of: 1: George Harrison - Here Comes The Sun (live) 2: Belle & Sebastian - Santa Claus (live) 3: The Sweet Inspirations - Everyday Will Be Like A Holiday 4: Fleet Foxes - White Winter Hymnal 5: The Free Design - Kijé's Ouija 6: Bob Seger & The Last Heard - Sock it To 'Em Santa 7: Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity - The Flesh Failiures (Let The Sunshine In) 8: Broadcast - Long Was The Year 9: Camera Obscura - New Year's Resolution (live) 10: Spiritualized - Lay Back In The Sun
*Magic is not as complicated as many would have you believe. What we concentrate on, we manifest.
Where our thoughts lead, our hearts follow.
As the old adage goes, ‘As within, so without, as above, so below’. To change your environment, your circumstances and your path, you must change yourself.
Nothing is purely ‘external’. All dwells within.
It is the truly Wise who recognize that the glory of change lies within ourselves.
Magic is just the key that turns the lock of our minds. - BW
“The Universe and everything in it constitutes God.
The Universe is a gigantic human organism and man is a tiny image of it, a toy replica of God. Because he is a miniature of the Universe, by a process of spiritual expansion, a man can mystically extend his own being to cover the entire world and subject it to his will – (macrocosm, microcosm).
It is because all things are aspects of ONE thing that all things are grist to the magician’s mill.
The complete man, who has experienced and mastered all things, has vanquished Nature and mounted higher than the heavens; He has reached the Centre where man becomes God.
The achievement of this is the Great Work, the supreme magical operation, which may take a lifetime or many lifetimes to complete”.
Source: The Black Arts: A Concise History of Witchcraft, Demonology, Astrology, and Other Mystical Practices Throughout the Ages by Richard Cavendish, Perigee Trade (January 17, 1968)
In this exclusive video, Dr Kaku shares his unique perspective on the "the most precious commodity in the multiverse" and some of the amazing breakthroughs that are just around the corner. Learn more here: http://bit.ly/IBeeDg
LYRICS: The VAMPYRIAN LIFE by Vampyrian-Trance (original version This Vampyres theme date = Apr 27, 2005) You don’t want to know what I am &
Happy Solstice To All! Please share this pic with your friends to remind them of the time of the solstice! Note that in the Southern Hemisphere it is of course summer solstice, not winter solstice on Dec 21st. A few useful solstice links: http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/universal-time
You are a highly sensitive person and the energy is very intense right now. Holiday stress and the full moon is making people emotionally charged.
Be sure to clear and shield yourself, and avoid harsh situations as much as possible (for example, avoid crowded shopping malls). Here is my free video to help you shield and clear with Archangel Michael.
Also, a good detox from any chemicals that exacerbate your sensitivity (avoiding or reducing alcohol, caffeine, gluten, sugar, etc.) will clear your mind, and help you to regain your magic touch for 2014.
Merry Yule Everyone! I hope everyone can celebrate the lights from darkness today and have many blessings in the New Year! The first of thirteen meditative vision workings for a special Yule Ritual is posted now!
Merry Yule Everyone! I hope everyone can celebrate the lights from darkness today and have many blessings in the New Year! The first of thirteen meditative vision workings for a special Yule Ritual is posted now!
Weber County Clerk's office: They will open from 1 to 2 pm, anyone in line at 2pm will be served. The front doors will not be open, so you have to park in the garage, and go in the entrance from the garage. The address is 2380 Washington BLVD. The garage entrance to the Weber Center is off of 24th street.
Day 21 of my 25 Days of Christmas Music: Although not a classic or traditional Christmas carol, "Mary, Did You Know?" is a song whose lyrics never fail to touch my heart and soul. This version is sung by Kenny Rogers and Wynonna Judd.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgcWsQMXH4Y
That is what star coven of wicca ,american witches council , wiccan paranormal assco., and Norton McGowan clan is...
Here is another Rune Binder original custom drinking horn.
Another gorgeous white stag picture - if you know the artist please let me know so I can credit!
Hark the New Age Pagans Sing, Glory to the Holly King, Peace on Earth and mercy mild, God and Goddess reconciled, Hear us now as we proclaim, We have risen from the flames, Our ancient Craft now we reclaim, In the God and Goddess' names, Hark the New Age Pagans Sing, Glory to the Holly King! Herne by highest love adored, Herne the ever-reborn Lord, At All times behold Him come, Offspring of the Holy one, Veiled in flesh, the Godhead see, Hail incarnate Deity! Our Ancient Craft now we reclaim, in the God and Goddess' names, Hark the New Age Pagans Sing, Glory to the Holly King!
These looked too good... Had to share lol - Selena )0(
Bacon Wrapped, Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts Oh Yeah 1 boneless skinless chicken breast 1 tablespoon green onion, Chopped 2 tablespoons cream cheese 2 pieces bacon, Partially Cooked Directions: Pound out Chicken breast so it is about 1/4" thick. Mix together cream cheese and green onions and spread cheese mixture over 1 side of chicken breast. Roll Chicken breast up to conceal cream cheese. Wrap partially cooked bacon around chicken breast and secure with toothpick. Place on baking sheet and back for about 30 minutes at 375. Broil for about 5 minute to crisp bacon. SHARE to your timeline to keep this recipe.
Winter Solstice - Yule tmrw when Sun enters Capricorn 12:11 PM (just after noon) EST, 9:11 AM PST. Who will you honor with the bringing of the light? What wish do you have to make the world a better place or to help someone in need?
Congratulations to ALL of the couples who got married today! I'm so proud and honored to have been a part of this historic day. And I'm especially pleased that I got to officiate for some good friends, along with many other couples!
Happy Solstice! Yuletide cheer from some of the Circle Sanctuary Community & Friends performing at our public multicultural Winter Solstice Pageant last night at First Unitarian Society in Madison, Wisconsin!
Happy Solstice! Some of the Yuletide characters & performers at our Winter Solstice Pageant last night in Madison, Wisconsin. Thanks to all who attended & all who joined in spirit!
It's tomorrow yay!! So looking forward to it will have some mead and dash of laughing mixed in all day in at wonky Hq so looking forward to seeing everyone coming down over weekend so don't forget to come say hello bbHedgewitch Fairs & Wonky Broomstick shop xxx
I shall be up for Sunrise both tomorrow (21st) and the 22nd (Excited) Whatever you are doing this Winter Solstice, I wish you magickal celebrations filled with Love and Blessings "... and the wheel of the year turns to Yule. circa 21st December. Hail Queen of the Stars for Yule brings New Life The Queen of The Stars spreads her protective veil around the Earth. In the dark of the year the Son/Sun is born. The days begin to lengthen and the wheel turns. Blessed Be" Image by Wendy Andrew www.paintingdreams.co.uk
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There was a very gracious lady who was mailing an old family Bible to her brother in another part of the country.
"Is there anything breakable in here?" asked the postal clerk.
"Only the Ten Commandments." answered the lady.
The Substitute Organist
The minister was preoccupied with thoughts of how he was going to ask the congregation to come up with more money than they were expecting for repairs to the church building. Therefore, he was annoyed to find that the regular organist was sick and a substitute had been brought in at the last minute. The substitute wanted to know what to play.
"Here's a copy of the service," he said impatiently. "But, you'll have to think of something to play after I make the announcement about the finances."
During the service, the minister paused and said, "Brothers and Sisters, we are in great difficulty; the roof repairs cost twice as much as we expected and we need $4,000 more. Any of you who can pledge $100 or more, please stand up."
At that moment, the substitute organist played "The Star Spangled Banner."
And that is how the substitute became the regular organist!
Two Large Pots
An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which she carried across her neck.
One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water.
At the end of the long walks from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.
For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water.
Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments.
But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it could only do half of what it had been made to do.
After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream.
'I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house.' The old woman smiled, 'Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path, but not on the other pot's side?'
'That's because I have always known about your flaw,
so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them.' For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table. Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house.' Each of us has our own unique flaw. But it's the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding...
You've just got to take each person for what they are and look for the good in them. SO, to all of my cracked pot friends, have a great day and remember to smell the flowers on your side of the path!
It is easier to preach ten sermons Than it is to live one.
The good Lord didn't create anything without a purpose, But mosquitoes come close.
Hello Rev. charlene norton
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Custom-made in an off-the-rack world...
by Camille Sanzone I first heard that expression in an episode of the TV show, “Mash.” I believe it was Alan Alda’s character, Hawkeye, who said it to Loretta Switt’s character, “Hot Lips.” They were talking about not being able to find love, and Hawkeye said, “Our problem is we want custom-made in an off-the-rack world.” The line stuck with me. In a world where we are often expected to follow in our parents’ footsteps, or live in a Levitt house, it’s easy enough to fall into line and have a cookie-cutter type life. If that sounds disparaging charlene norton, forgive me, for my intention is not to demean those who lead traditional lives. In fact, I readily admit that the world needs a semblance of order and constancy, the salt of the earth kind of people that keep the gears moving on the planet. But we also need the others, those of us who always felt out of step, who never quite fit in, who wondered as children if we’d been adopted even though we shared the same nose with our father and half his family. Well, not the EXACT same nose, we each had our own. We need the misfits, if you will, to add flavor and color to our world. Just because Jane does not want what Joan has—does not mean that what Jane wants is superior to what Joan wants and has. It’s not a matter of better than, but different than, or from. I never seem to get that quite right either. Many of us who don’t fit into off-the-rack clothes or lives often wish we could for a number of reasons. It would be simpler and more convenient for starters. Mavericks of any variety don’t have an easy time of it. We put such demands on ourselves to forge a new way of doing and being, and struggle, therefore, without realizing why most of the time. We sense something is wrong, something does not mesh; we don’t know what it is, but we are somehow convinced whatever it is—the something wrong is us, or a failing in us. It would be grandiose to say that those of us not content with the off-the-rack version of life are the artists of the world, the poets, writers, painters, actors, dancers, cooks, sculptors, teachers, nurturing mothers, saints, etc., but the truth is we come in all shapes and sizes. Our uncommon commonality is that we see life at an angle. We may suffer more than the average person who doesn’t take the time to think things through because they see no need for it, but we also seem to have a greater capacity for joy. It’s an interesting trade off. Maybe it’s as straightforward as having an allergy to the madness of mediocrity, or, at least, to the sameness we see in the world, which stuffs up the sinuses of our creativity until we are sure we can’t breathe. “They broke the mold when they made him.” People say that about other people who seem to be one-of-a-kinds. The truth is we all are one of a kind in our own way. Even cookies made with a cookie cutter are a little different one to the other; we just have to look more closely. And those of us who do buy off-the-rack often add our own flare by removing a belt, or adding a scarf. We each can put our unique brand on things. So, perhaps more of us than we might at first suspect are living custom-made rather than off-the-rack lives.
I may sound too repetitive when I say that I truly enjoy the courses provided by the ULC, but the fact is that I always looking forward in receiving the next lessons. I must say that the Master of Spirituality course has definitely broadened my intellect about the meaning of Spirituality. The knowledge that I have cultivated from each lesson exposed by various philosophers has broadened within me the meaning of Spirituality, thus opening my eyes, ears, mind and heart.
From my perspective, I found the course to be well presented, educating, and enlightening. I would recommend this course to anyone. I do hope that I would be able to defend Spirituality when I am confronted by scientifically minded individuals. What I came to learn in the last couple of years is the willingness to minister to all my brothers and sisters no matter what their faith is or not is and not just associate myself with people who had the same ideals and mind set as mine. The feeling or assertiveness that I had was lacking due to prejudice of religions on my part therefore I was not able to recognize that in my mind it could be separated. A person should not rely on a specific faith but must look deeper into his soul and be able to connect intellectually with each individual experiences of every living being. This does not mean that a person ought to forget his faith but must be open to understanding of other faiths. When ministering to others, we as ministers must be able to apply self-control and un-bias observations and attempt to learn how they act, how they relate, how they think prior to impose our thoughts to them. Self-control in my judgment means that we do not minister to ourselves, but to aid others. Preaching, proselytizing doesn’t help those that we are ministering, because they could become disengaged and shy thus pushing them away. My definition of Spiritualism is the mode of which each individual belief is connected with the spiritual nature of our existence. Love, kindness, patient are virtues that are of a prime priority in ministering. Anything short of that will lose the ability of what is needed to accomplish. It is imperative that when we come across a minded driven person(s) or a heart driven person, in my humble opinion the subcategory mentioned in lesson one must be analyzed in order to obtain a clear picture in knowing the difference and apply them in a way that communication remains open by learning their point of view. I hope that as a minister I am able to plant the seed and allow them to discover the true. My own philosophy is and has always been that God has indeed created the universe from its birth. Everything good that has and is happening is all God’s gifts. Evil on the other hand is generated by humans. In my opinion science has not fell off the sky and the philosophers decided that they were the inventor of science. Again this was God’s gift to the human race for providing human how to use science. Going back to the lessons, many of the Greeks philosophers who in my judgment were given the gift of mind that is that man can with logic, reason, faith and expression of the mind can eventually come to know what God allows and how much he will allow us to know. What has affected me the most is Karl Marx. I do not consider and never did consider him a true philosopher because as we know he was indeed a political idealist in the sense of the word. Indeed it is a materialist philosophy that makes him a true Atheist. His famous quote that religion is “The opium of the masses” was his believe that religion is the tool to enslave the people when in fact Marx “Communism” as far I am concerned was exactly that ”the opium of the masses”. My logic behind my statement is that the State wanted utopianism believing that by living a life that “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs” would have a society of highly and perfect qualities. Perhaps this went well at the beginning but has time went on this system was so abused not only by their leaders but also by the masses because not everyone was contributing to their system. And beside the people in power did not practice what they preached, therefore lived substantially better than its citizens. Perhaps I could understand this system back in the early 1900’s about wealth redistribution so that everyone in society was given equal shares of the benefits derived from labor. All means of production were to be controlled by the state. In reality as we shall see with the fall of communism, this system proved to have its fallacy and indeed it came to a squelching halt. If I made any sense which I hope that I did, in the end I would like to say that the course is very insightful and has definitely provided how philosophers have influence religion. I found the entire course to be beneficial. However what struck me the most is the how powerful, captivating and influential the philosophers are in the connecting to today’s world. One reason is because I want to learn more about this connection and the other is because the instructor suggested the purchase of the Republic and the Crito books. Both were purchased and just started reading the Crito. Now I am looking forward to purchase the other valuable non-philosophical book mentioned by him as soon I learn of the title. In the mean time I will rack my brains and see if I come to an understanding that when good and evil became one, they are no more.
A minister parked his car in a no-parking zone in a large city because he was short of time and couldn't find a space with a meter.
Then he put a note under the windshield wiper that read: "I have circled the block 10 times. If I don't park here, I'll miss my appointment. Forgive us our trespasses."
When he returned, he found a citation from a police officer along with this note "I've circled this block for 10 years. If I don't give you a ticket I'll lose my job. Lead us not into temptation."
A middle-aged woman had a heart attack and was taken to the hospital. While on the operating table she had a near death experience. Seeing God she asked, "Is my time up?" God said, "No, you have another 40 years, 2 months and 8 days to live." Upon recovery, the woman decided to stay in the hospital and have a facelift, liposuction, and a tummy tuck. She even had someone come in and change her hair colour.
Since she had so much more time to live, she figured she might as well make the most of it. After her last operation, she was released from the hospital. While crossing the street on her way home, she was killed by an ambulance.
Arriving in front of God, she demanded, "I thought you said I had another 40 years? Why didn't you pull me from out of the path of the ambulance?" God replied, "I didn't recognize you."
Your Organizer, Heron, sent the following message to some members of The Church of the Sacred Circle Meetup:
We have rescheduled this Meetup as it falls on Solstice eve. We hope you'll join us at the SunStave Circle Solstice Ritual instead, and then meet with us the next Friday! Check out the SunStave event here:
On behalf of our staff and those we serve, thank you for supporting the poorest of the poor in the Caribbean and Latin America. You have generously given the poor food, clean water, housing, education, medicines and, most importantly, hope.
As you finish your last-minute shopping this season, please remember ourChristmas Gift Catalog. Gift Catalog items, such as school supplies for a child, not only bless poor families, but also honor the family members and friends in whose names you give them. These are caring gestures that will live on for years to come.
May your Christmas be filled with the gifts of the Spirit.
Robin G. Mahfood President, CEO
"And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: 'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!'" Luke 2:13, 14
The love you exemplify in your lives brings life to others
A Food For The Poor supporter visits with a child at the Little Children of Jesus home in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
When people say to me, "God bless you," I think to myself that if God were to cut me off at this very moment, I would still die in His debt for how richly he has blessed me. (God, that was just a statement of fact, not a request... :-)). I feel so honored to be a member of this exceptional Food For The Poor family.
It is such a privilege to work every day, arm-in-arm, with thousands of caring, compassionate fellow laborers like you. The love you exemplify in your lives brings life to others. The fact that you bring food, clean water, shelter, education and medicines to those who would die without them is already spectacular, but that's not all that you do. Your generosity brings thousands of suffering people tremendous healing.
You build the self-esteem of those ashamed of their poverty, and bring hope to those on the edge of despair. You make those who feel voiceless, invisible and forgotten, feel acknowledged and remembered by man and by God. You are the balm of Gilead that refreshes their faith, relieves their grief, and comforts their broken spirits.
You give dreams to the dreamless so that they do not perish! Thank you for allowing God to use you so magnificently.
It is no wonder that I am proud to work with you, and that I am so inspired and energized by your goodness. God bless you for the beauty of your spirit.
I wish you the wonderful Christmas that you so richly deserve.
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