You know, the storm of people we have seen in the malls and stores for the past month or so. The storm of food that has been prepared and consumed since Thanksgiving. The storm of presents that were wrapped and then unwrapped in a frenzy by friends and loved ones.
January is a month for new beginnings, a month full of promise as spring is just around a couple corners.
Resolutions can be a fad or tradition of old, and many resolutions fade quickly. This year, you might want to start something new: yearlong warming thoughts. Here are some suggestions for each month of the New Year.
Crediting her work to a “servant’s heart,” Rebecca Farris Allen, executive director of Community Health Clinic of Hardin and LaRue Counties, believes there’s more to her role than just a job.
“I feel it’s like an opportunity to be a missionary here at home,” Allen said.
Several years ago, when her father-in-law was on a ventilator, Allen became aware of how important nurses were. She pursued that occupation and worked for a little more than 13 years at Hardin Memorial Hospital.
For more than 20 years, our church has held a party a week or so before Christmas for the 50-plus children who live in a nearby apartment complex. The formula is pretty simple: we sing Christmas carols, have sandwiches and something to drink and sing “Happy Birthday” to Jesus before we eat cake. The children pick out and wrap gifts for their moms or grandmothers, whomever they live with. They take home a goodie bag filled with candy and maybe gloves and socks and also get a wrapped gift.
For more than 30 years, individuals with special needs have been close to Diana Bennett’s heart.
She taught special education in Hardin County Schools from 1975 to 2010.
Before beginning her teaching career she attended Western Kentucky University and worked as a teacher’s aid in special education. It intrigued her. There was something interesting and different about the class and the students drew her in, Bennett said.
“Special education has always been where my heart is,” she said.
It’s Christmas again, and much like the rest of the adults, I’m wondering where in the world the year has gone. It seems like just last week when I was celebrating New Year 2013 by going to bed at 10:30 p.m.
But to my children, this Christmas took ages and ages to get here, even with the daily countdown my son has been doing for the past few weeks.
“Thirteen more days until Christmas! Nine more days! Five more days!”
Well, it is that time of the year again. It seems as if it was just yesterday I was taking down all the Christmas decorations and making way for tax preparation. Where has this year gone? My grandmother always said that. But, really, where has it gone?
Why am I so in awe that it is December and Christmas is knocking at my door? Does Christmas not arrive at the same time every year? Again, I find myself unprepared.