ANSWER LINE NOTE: I’ve made a few of the sweetest mates over time by Reply Line. A few of you I by no means get to satisfy, so I’m so completely happy that in January 2019 I bought to satisfy trustworthy Reply Line reader Carole Chapel.
She’s additionally been a trustworthy member of the Backyard Gate Membership, which in 2019 celebrated its sixtieth anniversary. I really like that we nonetheless have organizations like that right here in Longview with such lengthy histories of gathering collectively and of serving the neighborhood collectively. I’m additionally unhappy that 2020 meant the group members haven’t been capable of collect as standard.
For so long as I’ve identified Carole, she’s been a prolific poet, and annually she writes a Christmas poem she shares with the Backyard Gate Membership, and fortunately, me. She’s nonetheless the group’s president, and this yr, as a result of the group determined it couldn’t safely collect for a Christmas get together, she wrote her annual poem and took care to mail it to the women within the group.
I’d prefer to share it with you right this moment and need all of you essentially the most merry of Christmases. This can be a troublesome yr drawing to an in depth, and I do know we’re all eager for a return to some normalcy in 2021. I hope Carole’s acrostic poem, which makes use of the letters within the phrase “December,” brings you an identical pleasure it introduced me.
D — Days for busy buying.
E — Vitality to embellish.
C — Cooking for the household.
E — Having fun with Christmas melodies.
M — Reminiscences of previous years.
B — Delivery of Jesus close to.
E — The whole lot is finished.
R — Prepared for promised one.
Merry Christmas from Carole Chapel.
ALSO FROM ANSWER LINE: I can not inform you how a lot my household has appreciated the multitude of playing cards and emails we now have acquired as we now have navigated my troublesome new well being struggles. I wished to let you know the way a lot we now have cherished the playing cards and well-wishes, and allow you to know that therapy goes effectively, up to now.
And within the spirit of the season, I wished to share with you a verse, which additionally has been changed into a stupendous track, that has simply been so particular to me this yr. I hope it touches your coronary heart because it touches mine, each time I hear it. It’s not a conventional Christmas verse, or something, however nonetheless highly effective, from Numbers 6:24-26, the New Worldwide Model:
the Lord make his face shine on you
the Lord flip his face towards you
Might you’ve got peace in 2021.
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