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Life at 64

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I celebrated another birthday this past week. I suppose that normally would be nothing to think very much about, but I recently learned that over 10 percent of my high school graduating class has passed from the scene.

Should veterans step up?

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Today, the percentage of military veterans in the United States Congress is at its lowest rate since World War II. According to a report by CNN, only 20 percent of the 535 members of the new Congress have served in the military, 25 from the Senate and 90 from the House of Representatives.

Christmas traditions

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It is the season for traditions. When I was a child, everyone on my mother’s side of the family gathered for a Christmas Eve dinner at the home of my mother’s parents. My mom had two sisters and, all together, they produced six grandchildren.

Christmas cards

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Christmas cards

Finally, I finished all my Christmas cards! This year I sent out about 250 cards to members of my family, my church family, clergy in the diocese, and several military chaplains — oh, and several friends and other clergy colleagues.

Forgiveness

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It is a strong truth that the God of Scripture is willing to forgive — more willing that we often believe.

Some find that a difficult concept, especially those whose lives have been filled with terrible decisions and flagrant sins.

Fine or F.I.N.E.?

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A few years ago, a clergy friend gave me a phone call. I answered and said, “Hello?”

He said, “Hey, Father David, it’s Kurt. The Lord has had you on my mind all day and I’ve been praying for you. How are you doing?”

I responded, “Hey, Kurt. I’m fine, thanks!”

Thank a veteran

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Veterans Day is just a few days away. While Memorial Day calls to remembrance the soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen who died in the service of their country, Veterans Day commemorates all military veterans. A generation or two past, to be a veteran was a thing expected.

Big Stone Gap

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Some months ago, I came across an article about an upcoming movie, “Big Stone Gap.” The movie is to feature Ashley Judd and Whoopi Goldberg in key roles. Based on a novel of the same name, the author is Adriana Trigiani, who grew up in the real life town of Big Stone Gap, Virginia.

Kremlin tactics in Houston

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Politicians in Houston, Texas, have apparently adopted Kremlin tactics in dealing with dissent. The city of Houston has issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor.

Going home

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It had been a long time—a very long time—since I had walked through the doors. Some things had been changed, added to, moved, or eliminated...but it was the same: familiar, warm, and comforting. I was back in my hometown of Kingsport, Tennessee and it was a Sunday. It was just before 11:00 a.m.

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The city of Newnan received a disaster reimbursement grant of $34,634.65 for cleanup and recovery costs associated with the ice storm that hit the city in mid-February 2014.

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Community

Residents of Brooks on Aug. 29 held a grand opening for the town’s newly renovated 22,000 sq. ft. library. Pictured from left are Jake Kunz, Lewis Harper and Mayor Dan Langford.