In-your-face stuff from an opinionated
rural north Idaho housewife.
Merry Christmas Patrice! Your article on WND today was so well-written, what great insight. Sandy
Wonderful, thanks for sharing
Patrice,Thank you for sharing your insight, as you have expressed what so many of us feel who are believers. I always look forward to your columns and enjoy reading the Rural Revolution blog throughout the year. Thank you also for sharing your family's day to day experiences, as they are an inspiration to me.Have a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year! Caryl
Oh, Patrice, that was excellent. I liked how you expressed warmth, understanding and love to all people. Merry Christmas to you and your family! Jennifer in western NC
There are many of us who made that crab-walk to a Higher Power and are so grateful to finally step in! Your article was wonderful in describing the true gifts offered at Christmas. Merry Christmas everyone!
Mark Twain once commented - I'm paraphrasing - that the right word, carefully chosen in a written piece, can verily "shock" the reader into sudden, electrifying comprehension. The "God-shaped hole" is a great example. My head opened up in instant comprehension when I read that.It makes me sad that so many people actually have one of those "God-shaped holes."Just Me
Is Christmas a bit overdone? Is too much emphasis put on Santa, rather than Christ? Possibly. Probably. But as someone once said, "Don't throw the Baby out with the bath water." Our family didn't have a lot when I was a kid. We looked forward to Christmas because it was the one day of the year when we not only got some great gifts, but, not being a very religious family, it was the only time of the year when we stood around the piano and sang carols while my Mom played. It was a wonderful and special time. Then there's the movie "A Christmas Carol" with Alastair Sim as Scrooge. That was my favorite version. Still is. I'll never forget the words of the Spirit of Christmas Present who said, "Wise men seek Him 365 days of the year, but you, Scrooge, don't seek Him at all." How sadly true of so many of us. Singing those carols and watching this one movie taught me more about Christ and the true meaning of Christianity (and Christmas) than anything else in my life. I'm now 66 years old, and I still look forward to Christmas every year with great expectation.Is December 25 the actual day Christ was born? Probably not. Many say it's a pagan holiday. The yule log and such. But Christians have done an excellent job of making it a Christian Holiday, and if Jesus wasn't born on December 25, at least Christians still celebrate His birth. Nothing wrong with exchanging gifts, either. I love doing that. I'd much rather give than receive. Those who don't want to do it... don't! (Although I've seen folks who once disdained Christmas gift-giving do a complete turnaround and became great gift-givers, once they opened their hearts to others. That does happen, more often than we realize.)Progressive liberals who want to destroy everything that's fun and good in our lives are a miserable lot, but often they're just one little step away from changing their lives. It's easy to dislike, even hate, them. But that's not what our Heavenly Father wants. It's not what Jesus wants. We must let these unhappy, anti-Christian folks know that God loves them and so do we. No more lying, name-calling and hatefulness. God's love is so near. Jesus is the Way, and good, honest people like Patrice use common sense and truth to show us the way to Him every day. We just need to listen, swallow our pride and take that little step in the right direction. A very merry Christmas to you all! --Fred in AZ
A wonderful Christmas to the Lewis family!
Patrice, that was a wonderful expression of compassion and truth. How sad to be an atheist and have no one to rely on. No one. Merry ChristmasAnonymous PatriotUSA
Mrs. Lewis,This is an excellent column. Thank you for your unique take on things. Merry Christmas!