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Religion

  • Getting the best buy is not always easy, but it’s worthwhile

    There were utterings and mutterings galore. It had continued for months. Hubby Dear was experiencing angst over the growing inadequacy of his hand-me-down desktop computer.

  • Does life give us meaning or do we give meaning to life?

    “Life does not give us meaning. Life has only the meaning we give it,” from Happiness by Joan Chittister (Eerdmans). That statement stopped me in my tracks.
    I put down the paper I was reading and began to think about those words, to view them while considering my own life. The new year is in its early stages. I still have time to review and renew my understanding of life and the meaning I give it. I still have the opportunity to discern who I might be and become this year and what I might do differently, as a result.

  • To believe in the unbelievable is a testimony of trust

    Incredible! Awesome! Wonderful! Amazing! Wow! How often have we said, or heard, those words used to describe what we can scarcely believe? We use them to chronicle our view of a spectacular sunrise or sunset, to relate the first stirrings of life in a woman’s womb, to comment on the many experiences for which words seem inadequate.

  • Religion briefs

    Celebrate the new year
    Be a part of the New Year’s celebration at Sunset Beach Community Church, 1643 Seaside Road in Ocean Isle Beach (just behind Hardee’s) beginning at 7 p.m. Dec. 31.
    Join with other believers as we reflect on the blessings of 2011 and seek God’s will for 2012. Casual attire is acceptable. The Rev. Richard Farrand, pastor, will be officiating this special service. Communion will be shared.

  • Lord, that we might see: a resolution that entails revolution

    It’s that time again. We are on the cusp of a new year. Resolutions hang in the air, ready to be made or ignored, to view as enjoyment or annoyance. One of my siblings recently wrote that she was eager to see the end of 2011 with all its downers, illness, death, accidents, financial worries and more. She anticipated a new start with a new year. It was off with the old and on with the new.

  • To seek the signs of birth is to receive a gift of Christmas joy

    I remember the race to the tree on Christmas morning. It was exciting but sometimes disappointing.

  • Religion briefs

    Dinner benefits Room at the Inn
    Our Lady of the Rosary Council 9039 Knights of Columbus will serve a beef stroganoff dinner for the benefit of the Room at the Inn, a new maternity and after-care facility that will be near Belmont Abbey College.
     The event will be from 6-7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at St. Brendan the Navigator Church in Shallotte.
    The cost of the dinner is $13 per person in advance and $14 at the door.

  • Religion briefs

    Service schedule set for December
    Calabash Presbyterian Church has announced the following updated Christmas service schedule:
    Dec. 18 at 9 a.m. Christmas cantata; Dec. 24 at 5 p.m. communion, candlelight service; Dec. 25 at 9 a.m. Sunday worship service; and Jan. 1 at 9 a.m. Sunday worship service.

  • We are the many, we are not the few

    I received an email from a friend in New Jersey that contained a link to YouTube. I am rather circumspect regarding these kinds of things, but the sender usually has interesting sites for me to explore. So, I tuned in, and tuned into the message sung against a variety of backgrounds that gave historical reference to the need for people to speak out against injustice.
    As I listened to the words of the song, I felt the depth of feeling that accompanied it.

  • From dire expectation to dynamic expectancy, life is a waiting game

    One of the most difficult tasks a human being can assume is the job of learning how to wait patiently and optimistically. The cartoon figure of a father-to-be pacing nervously up and down a hospital hall while awaiting the arrival of his firstborn always brings a knowing smile. It seems the anxiety and expectation can never be exaggerated.
    We wait for babies to smile, talk, crawl and walk. We watch and wait as they grow into toddlers, preschoolers, and onward through their adolescence into a companionable adulthood. In the process, our lives entwine and sometimes entangle.