Thursday, December 25, 2008

A baby changes everything

Faith Hill has released a new Christmas album. In addition to traditional Christmas music, she's added a new treasure. She recorded this song recently written by friends of hers. It's my Christmas greeting to you.....

Teenage girl, much too young
Unprepared for what’s to come
A baby changes everything
A baby changes everything

Not a ring
On her hand
All her dreams and all her plans
A baby changes everything
A baby changes everything

The man she loves she’s never touched
How will she keep his trust
A baby changes everything
A baby changes everything

And she cries, oh she cries

She has to leave, go far away
Heaven knows she can’t stay
A baby changes everything
A baby changes everything

She can feel it’s coming soon
There’s no place, there’s no room
A baby changes everything
A baby changes everything

And she cries and she cries O she cries

Shepherds all gather 'round (Shepherds all they gather 'round)
Up above the star shines down (Star shines down)
A baby changes everything
A baby changes everything

Choir of Angels say
Glory to the newborn king
A baby changes everything, everything, everything, every day
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah....

My whole life is turned around
I was lost and now I’m found
A baby changes everything

Songwriters: Nichols, James Timothy; Wiseman, Craig Michael; Wiseman, Kim
Recorded and performed by: Faith Hill


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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Giving



"Giving frees us from the familiar territory of our own needs by opening our mind to the unexplained worlds occupied by the needs of others." Barbara Bush

I'm getting practical here! Our house is in escrow so I'm evaluating what to pack, what to give away and what to throw away. I've always enjoyed giving but it's been an especially interesting adventure this time around.

I discovered a thrift shop in my town that is connected with a nursing home home run by nuns. This organization sells their donations and uses the income to help enhance the facility. When I would take things to the women who work in the shop I'd wonder "Is this going to get thrown out? Will they really want this?" Apparently, they do. My junk is a treasure for them and brings more smiles and money for them than what I'd ever get at a garage sale. That's a great feeling.

Giving is a focus in this season of celebration. It's all over the media. People giving their time, money, love, possessions, and skills to come to the aid of others. Wouldn't it be great if we always had the "giving" mentality!

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Copyright: Anne Clark/bloodstone