Fresh Reflection - 01/02/14

    I love the New Year.  It's a time of reflection and simultaneous dream building.   We wrap each year at my house by writing out our dreams and prayers for the new year.  We get one sheet of paper and draw a line across the middle horizontally and down the middle vertically.  This leaves 4 squares, one spot for each family member.  We've been doing this for the last five years.  Even before the kids were old enough to write sentences, we would have them articulate their prayers and dreams and we would write it for them in their little square.  We then place the paper in a little metal tube (almost like a time capsule.)  It's packed away with the Christmas decorations.   Each year, when it's time to pull out the lights and ornaments, we get to look in the rear view mirror of life as we read each entry aloud.   In some shape, form or fashion... God has addressed everything on all of our lists. 

    For our family, this is such an important act of gratitude.  We've found that by writing down our hopes and prayers, we're better able to see God's miraculous ways in black and white.  Each and every year, this exercise leaves us amazed at how He uses us to help others, to spread light and love, how He answers requests, fixes issues, heals broken bodies, opens doors and blesses our little family well beyond anything that money could buy.

    This weekend, as we take down the tree, we'll once again sit down and write out our prayers and dreams for 2014.  Not for God's sake, but for our own.  Without this visual accounting on paper of our blessings, we'd be hard pressed to remember them all.  

 

 

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MERRY MARIJUANA

DENVER (AP) -- Forget the mistletoe -- think marijuana instead. Colorado's legal pot sellers have holiday offerings for their customers. This will be the first holiday season since retail marijuana became legal in the state. The Grass Station in Denver has a Black Friday special -- an ounce of weed for just 50 bucks for the first 16 customers in line Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Other pot sellers are going for the high-end, high market. Colorado Harvest and Evergreen Apothecary are releasing some top-shelf strains for the season. Of course, you can't send pot through the mail. So, many of the stores offer T-shirts, rolling papers and other items Colorado's legal tokers can send out of state.

UGLY CHRISTMAS TREE

READING, Pa. (AP) -- It's like "A Charlie Brown Christmas" for some folks in Pennsylvania. The 50-foot Christmas tree in downtown Reading (REH'-ding) was criticized as being ugly. City Council president Francis Acosta had ordered that the spindly spruce be given the ax and replaced by a more impressive fir. But the tree that couldn't get any respect is now getting some love. Council President Acosta has ordered workers to stop removing the ornaments. The tree will now stay.

CHRISTMAS TREES-GROWERS

BARABOO, Wis. (AP) -- This Christmas looks a lot merrier for some Wisconsin tree growers. Christmas Treeland in Baraboo lost a few hundred trees due to dry weather this year. That compares to the 10,000 trees lost by growers Jim and Suzanne Dohner in each of the last two years. Christmas Valley Tree Farm owner Jack Meegan says this is a "very good" year. He tells the Baraboo News Republic he only lost a small percentage of his tree crop this year. He says his family-owned business sells 300 to 400 trees a year.

CALIFORNIA DROUGHT-DIRTY CARS

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) -- There's something dirty in Burbank city government. We're not talking corruption but cars. To help save water during California's historic drought, the city isn't washing its vehicles. The Los Angeles Times reports the unwashed rides number more than 300 including police cars and fire trucks. But the washing ban doesn't apply to windows, for safety reasons. "Go Dirty for the Drought" stickers are being put on the city's unwashed fleet.

 
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