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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COIN TOSS-MAYOR

LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Usually, one flips a coin to determine things like who gets the ball first in a football game or who gets first dibs at the last slice of pie or something. But to settle an election? That's what happened in a small town high in the Peruvian Andes. Two candidates tied at the ballot box -- with each getting 236 votes in the municipal election. Peru's electoral law allows tie races to be decided by a coin toss. So the coin was tossed. And the winner -- Wilber Medina. His rival says he's cool with the results. It isn't known whether heads or tails carried the day -- and the election.

PUMPKINS-PIGS

SOMERSWORTH, N.H. (AP) -- It started as a potential case of pilfered pumpkins. But it turned out to be a windfall for a group of pigs. Foster's Daily Democrat in Somersworth, New Hampshire reports hundreds of pumpkins were reported stolen earlier week. The gourds had been set aside behind a school to be sold this weekend at a craft fair. The investigation didn't get far. Turns out a farmer spotted the pumpkins and asked a school worker if he could take them to feed his pigs. The school employee didn't know the pumpkins were being saved -- and the farmer took them. Police say the only ones that turned out happy in the whole episode -- are the hogs.

FIREWORKS-FUNERAL

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- When the fireworks burst in the air tomorrow night over Springfield, Missouri -- it won't be the Fourth of July -- but the last of James Carver. A Missouri funeral director will be bidding farewell to his dad -- by having his cremated remains mixed with fireworks -- and launched into the sky. Carver's father is the first to try the program by Greenlawn Funeral Homes. His son Jim is the funeral director -- and says the eight-minute fireworks display will be followed by a cookout and memorial celebration.

 
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