Bunnies, eggs and vintage hats! Time to start humming Easter Parade, too! Irving Berlin wrote so many memorable songs that we still enjoy today. Easter Parade’s lyrics were written in 1933 and set to music he had composed in 1917. Recorded many times and featured in numerous movies it really is one of those timeless songs we never forget!
(Each day from now through Christmas Day I will share a picture of something that brings me joy during this Christmas Season. I hope you will enjoy each one and share in the joy of the celebration of the coming of the Christ Child!)
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! A simple green wreath with a red bow hung on a window is a warm welcome to the Christmas Season.
Week before last I headed east for my annual trip to the excellent dog show in Jackson, Mississippi. After a long day of driving I had been thinking that I was going to get to Jackson much later than I had planned. Actually, I was right on time to see a lovely sunset over the Mississippi River in Vicksburg. And, for a bonus, a river barge being pushed down the river slid by while I was making pictures. I wasn’t late at all!
What did the television shows I Love Lucy, Seinfeld, Cheers, and Friends all have in common? Easy, each was a show about friends and their adventures together. Who can forget Lucy and Ethel and their escapades or Seinfeld, the show about nothing, which still delights us today? We all have friends, some more than others, in many different areas of our life. Friends from work, friends in the neighborhood, friends near and far, friends from different social groups. Even in our families we have siblings, cousins, or a dear family member who is both a relative and a friend.
Friends are a basic need that we often overlook when we thank God for our blessings. Like food and water we need interaction with other people. No matter how much we may treasure our solitude we still need friendship and fellowship with others. All too often we don’t realize this need and don’t recognize it as a blessing.
Friends are a gift from God. I’m thankful for those people I can count on to be there for me when I need support or just need to blurt out what’s on my mind. Thankful for friends to laugh with, too. Don’t take your friends for granted, but thank God for them as they are a blessing not to be overlooked!
Heavenly Father, I cannot imagine how storms can be navigated, burdens borne, and hardships handled without the company of a few good friends. I praise you today for the gift of friendship—for the joy, encouragement, and refreshment you give me through my friends. (Scotty Smith)