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  • Time to stop and say ‘thanks!’

    In 1860 a steamboat with nearly 400 passengers broke apart off the Illinois coast. Northwestern student Edward Spencer swam out 17 times to rescue victims. Finishing his final swim, his body gave out, his mind delirious, all he could ask, “Did I do my best?”
    His superhuman efforts saved 17 lives. Spencer, for his heroics, became an invalid for remainder of his life.
    Years later, a reporter asked him about his most vivid memory of the event. Spencer offered, “I remember that not one of the 17 returned to thank me.”

  • Grace Notes

    Editor’s note: Nancy Kennedy has been writing an annual psalm of thanksgiving since 1999 when she first started writing her column.
    Dear God,
    Here I am again, my 18th year composing my annual psalm of Thanksgiving, my public declaration of gratitude to you.
    The biblical writers say we should give thanks in all things, in good times and in bad. Even in bad times, you are still good. You are gentle and kind. You do not break a reed that’s been bruised, neither do you crush a spirit that is wounded.

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  • Church News

    GRIEFSHARE SESSIONS
    A 13-week GriefShare session will be offered for grieving/hurting people who have lost loved ones, on Sundays from 5-7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 302 E. Pike St.
    The sessions are open to the public and can join at any time.
    For more information contact Leona Bell at 859-954-5070. You may also find information on the facebook page at Leona Bell GriefShare group, or www.GriefShare.org.

    ST. EDWARD CHURCH

  • In spite of it all, trust and rejoice!

    By Tim  Teater
    Cynthiana Christian Church

    “Make a joyful noise unto Jehovah, all ye lands. Serve Jehovah with gladness: Come before His presence with singing.” (Psalms 100: 1-2)  
    Make…serve…worship…with a joyful noise…with gladness…with singing.  
    Violent atrocities in our public gathering places and homes make that hard this Thanksgiving. Maybe one of my blessings can help. I thank God for it, every day.

  • Grace Notes

    One day last week I visited with the family of Jeremy, a 14-year-old teen who battles Tourette syndrome.
    Not only is the entire family battling the baffling neurological disorder that causes Jeremy to involuntarily and often violently move parts of his body and involuntarily make vocal sounds, but they are also battling the unkindness of people.
    People don’t understand and so they judge him, is how Jeremy’s 10-year-old sister Jamie explains it.

  • Church News

    GRIEFSHARE SESSIONS
    A 13-week GriefShare session will be offered for grieving/hurting people who have lost loved ones, on Sundays from 5-7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 302 E. Pike St.
    The sessions are open to the public and can join at any time.
    For more information contact Leona Bell at 859-954-5070. You may also find information on the facebook page at Leona Bell GriefShare group, or www.GriefShare.org.

    ST. EDWARD CHURCH

  • Reflections On “True” Colors

    I have always loved the fall season. Fall colors are among my first recollections. I am no scientist; but, I appreciate discovery. I went on a treasure hunt via the internet recently and read about trees changing color. I wanted to learn about what transpires to produce this transformation. I found that in the summer photosynthesis produces chlorophyll enabling  leaves in trees to become green. In the fall, days become shorter and colder. The chlorophyll production decreases and the leaves display their “true” colors.

  • Grace Notes

    When I first started writing professionally, I mostly wrote humor stories for Christian magazines.
    It was fun, and I often cracked myself up. But it was also hard work. With humor, you have to get the rhythm right. You have to choose your words carefully and economically.
    And you have to know the ending, the punchline, often before you write your opening line.
    With humor, you write to the punchline. It’s all about how you end.

  • ‘Harvest Hymns’ and random thoughts

    The other day someone congratulated our features editor, Sarah Gatling, on her promotion, which was nice, except she didn’t get a promotion.
    Sarah said if she got a promotion she’d like to be promoted to potentate -- that sounds like a cool thing to be, she said.
    It reminded me of the hymn, “Crown Him With Many Crowns,” in which Jesus is called “the potentate of time,” and also reminded me that a few years ago, Sarah gave me a very old hymnal, copyrighted in 1924, called “Harvest Hymns.”