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Live, laugh and love (12/08/2013)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

Live, laugh and love, that is one of my favorite sayings. For now Iíd like to extend it to gratitude as well, just having celebrated Thanksgiving. I know we live in a busy world, yet we must somehow retreat into some solitude to dwell upon and take time to count our blessings. That will also help us to become a positive person, seeing the glass half full versus half empty. We actually have so much to be thankful for in this country. Let us all come to appreciate the gift of each moment. Father Berning reminded us at Mass this morning ďwake up, we know not the day or the hour we must surrender our souls to God for judgment.Ē

I am grateful for a faithful loving husband. We have lived, laughed and loved together, (and pray together now that he has retired) for over 60 years and unfortunately sometimes sweat the small stuff.

We have six wonderful children with us and six in heaven, and twenty-four special grandchildren.

What a blessing to have a table full of delicious food for our Thanksgiving dinner, yet not forgetting those who donít. Iím grateful for religious freedom like Father McMillan recently talked about. Christians are being persecuted and killed for wanting to practice religion in many countries. Father said we should attend church while the doors are still open, and pray for the many unborn babies who donít even have the freedom to be born.

We must strive to appreciate life, to keep His commandments, do deeds of mercy, to exercise the talents God gave each of us and to laugh along the way - laugh at yourself, if nothing else. My daughter Lynette and I both had a good laugh when I asked her if she used her apoplectic exercise lately. She laughed and said no, but I use my elliptical. Jesus has a sense of humor, He wants us to, as well.

Faith, hope and love, the greatest being love. Love your neighbor as yourself, through Him that strengthens us.

Our spiritual eyes tell us God is love. We need to grasp onto that love and nourish it in our hearts all our life. Itís called the gift of faith. We are born to know, love and serve God, otherwise we risk meeting God as a stranger when we die.

Let us in this Advent season turn our hearts, minds and souls to our loving God whose birthday we are preparing to celebrate. Letís not allow the hustle and bustle of the season to wear us down, but take the time to live, laugh and love. 

 

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