Mountain View News

611, 2016

WORRY NO MORE

Unfortunately, we all have a great tendency to worry, even though much of what we worry about never happens.  How many of you have drifted pleasantly off to sleep only to awaken in the middle of the night with worries on your mind, or perhaps you never got to sleep in the first place?

Ralph Waldo […]

910, 2016

AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE

This morning as we attended church and listened to the reflection on this Thanksgiving Sunday, I thought how wonderful it would be to always be as mindful about being thankful, not just at Thanksgiving, but on every day of the year.  We who have so much certainly have much for which to be thankful, because […]

2107, 2016

SHELTERED IN THE ARMS OF GOD

I’ve been sitting out on our deck watching the birds flit through the trees calling out their joyful greetings to one another (at least joyful for me), and it made me think of other days I’ve sat on the deck contemplating the world beyond our apartment. Some days the wind is so strong that the trees […]

2906, 2016

THE SONG OF THE BIRDS

Each morning, we awaken to the songs of the birds through our open bedroom window.  I can think of no sweeter way to begin the day than awakening to the sound of birds singing as they greet the day.  If I am very fortunate, I awaken to hear the “dawn chorus” and then fall asleep […]

1805, 2016

LIFE LESSONS LEARNED FROM MOVING

We’ve recently down-sized – sold our house and moved into an apartment.  Here’s what I’ve learned about moving and the parallels it has with life.

1. Start early and clean out the clutter. We’ve been married for almost 43 years and we’ve lived in our last home for 31 years.  We accumulated not only our own […]

804, 2016

THEY’LL KNOW WE ARE CHRISTIANS BY OUR LOVE

I’ve been going through some of our music books lately, and I came across the song, “They’ll Know We Are Christians by Our Love”.  That started me thinking about what that love would look like.  What form would it take?  And so I came up with the following:

1. Christians would show love and respect for […]

2902, 2016

The Mountain View

SWEET PEACE, THE GIFT OF GOD’S LOVE
You may recall the hymn, Sweet Peace, the Gift of God’s Love, written by Peter P. Billhorn.  The words of that old hymn came to me today as I was sorting some items in preparation for moving, and I was thinking about all that was left to do.  It […]

2101, 2016

LOVE – THAT’S WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT

There’s a song we learned in Sunday School a few years back that goes, “Love, love, love, that’s what it’s all about…”  As I was thinking about February and Valentine’s Day coming up, I began to think about love since that is what is associated with Valentine’s Day.  Then I wondered approximately how many times […]

2312, 2015

KEEPING CHRISTMAS ALL YEAR ROUND

In a few short days Christmas will be here.  Many have made an effort to prepare for this event by attending church services and other Christmas events and by being extra kind to friends, family, and the less fortunate.  Visits have been made, baking has been shared, donations have been made, and in general, a […]

2311, 2015

Preparing for the Celebration

Advent, which commences on the fourth Sunday before Christmas, is often described as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus.  It also looks forward in anticipation to the coming of Christ’s kingdom when he returns for his people.  What better time to focus on Jesus than now, […]