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The evergreen cathedrals
Reach high their ancient spires
To catch the muted wind-notes
Or is it angel choirs?
The starlight is reflected
Upon the tulle-wrapped boughs-
Like virgins formed from snowflakes
Renewing ancient vows.
The air is filled with incense
Brought in from holy lands,
Speaking in an unknown tongue
Man briefly understands.
It happens every Christmas,
An then the moment’s gone-
When trees repeat the sotry
And pass the glory on.  J.M.B.

caring for you,
Carin g Hansen

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     Prayer is the incense of a holy heart
     Rising to God from bruised and broken things,
     When kindled by the Sprit’s burning breath
     And upward borne by faith’s ascending wings.
                                                        – A B Simpson

     caring for you,
     Carin g Hansen

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     The unthankful heart – discovers no mercies; 
     but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet
     finds the iron, so it will find in every hour, some heavenly blessing!
                                                                                      – Henry Ward Beecher

     caring for you,
     Carin g Hansen

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   Although I have been very serious this week about addressing the issue of finding yourself I wanted to let you have a let today with the following saying embroidered on a baseball cap.   ENJOY! 

         I’m trying to find myself. 
         If I should return before I get back, 
         please ask me to wait.

caring for you,
Carin g Hansen

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     Tomorrow will  be our 35th wedding anniversary!  In so many ways it doesn’t seem possible and yet when we look back at everything that has transpired over the years we realize it truly has been that long.
     We haven’t done everything perfectly, we don’t always agree on everything and our relationship would not have lasted without support from friends, relatives and God – however, I wanted to share what I think is a great key to lasting relationships.
     It is simply this:   Guard your heart against bitterness
When your husband or wife does something that is upsetting, inconsiderate or downright ugly (short of physical abuse), you have a choice to make.  Are you going to hold it in your heart against them or are you going to move through it?  Few marriages end because of one thing going wrong.  How often have you pulled up something from years past to fuel your argument in the present?  That is bitterness.
Remember, you too have done things that your mate could hold bitterness against you about.  Men and women alike are fallible, inconsiderate and selfish.  But, if we choose not to become bitter at these things – rather work through them alone, together or with professional help – you can get to the end of another year of marriage and focus on all the great qualities in your mate.
     BEWARE OF BITTERNESS
caring for you,
Carin g Hansen

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To be glad of life, because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars; to be satisfied with your posessions, but not contented with yourself until you have made the best of them; to despise nothing in the world except falsehood and meanness, and to fear nothing except cowardice; to be governed by your admirations rather than by your disgusts; to covet nothing that is your neighbor’s except his kindness of heart and gentleness of manners; to think seldom of your enemies, often of Christ; to spend as much time as you can, with body and with spirit, in God’s out-of-doors – these are little guideposts on the footpath to peace. – Henry Van Dyke
caring for you,
Carin g Hansen

Important vs Urgent

   I was reminded today to never lose sight of the important things in life for the sake of getting the urgent things accomplished.  It is a never ending balancing act.   The “important” nudges us but the “urgent” screams at us.
   The “urgent” does not generally change our lives for the good OR enrich the lives of those around us…
   The “important” is what will grow and change us and that is what we will be remembered for!
caring for you,
Carin g Hansen