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November 27, 2017

A Coming Season—As it Was Meant to Be

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder; and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

Isaiah 9:6 (KJV)

A Thanksgiving gathering as it was meant to be. With our family gathered together, temperatures in the fifties, a fire in the fireplace, the sky just as blue as it should be, and a table full of food for which to also be thankful. And then lifting prayers to the Creator of it all, in the mountains, with our granddaughters’ only additional wish—that it would snow.

How was Thanksgiving for you? Was it as it was meant to be?

Some of my fondest recollections of times of family gathered at Thanksgiving were with my bride Lynda’s family when we were first married; where her family gathered from homes both near and far. Where extended family gathered, hugs were shared, laughter bounced off the walls of the rooms, children played, and nothing stronger than coffee, tea or milk was served to drink all day long.

It was a great Thanksgiving!

And now what? “Black Friday.” “Cyber Monday.”

Really? (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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November 20, 2017

An Attitude of Gratitude

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

“…singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ…”

Ephesians 5:19b-20 (NKJV)

I’ve had many good moments as a husband—you can even ask my bride, Lynda. She’d no doubt share some of those with you with. I have also had too many lesser moments as a husband—you can ask Lynda about those as well, although, knowing her, I suspect she’d never let on or let you know.

If I spent the rest of my life on this earth listing the reasons to be thankful for her life, I wouldn’t be able to complete the list before stepping into Heaven. No way. But maybe that’s what I should do each day, to help me with an attitude of gratitude in God and the blessings He has placed in my life—like her. An attitude which should guide my every thought, word and act.

What about you? Have you had some better moments as a husband, or as a bride, or in some other relationship you have—as a father, son, daughter, friend, or so many others we are privileged to have? And maybe you still remember some of those lesser moments you wish you could forget. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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November 13, 2017

A Sense of Duty

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman….”

Thomas Paine (December 25, 1776)

Thomas Paine wrote those words after the loss of New York to the British on December 23, 1776. Two days later on Christmas morning his words were read to the troops by order of General George Washington. And through conflicts at Ticonderoga, Trenton, Princeton, Saratoga, Valley Forge, and many more, our nation ultimately stood victorious at the British surrender at Yorktown in 1781, ending our war for independence.

And in that moment begin a chapter in civilization unlike few history will ever record. We need to remember that today as we move forward. And remember that it was all about duty. Our best moments in the nation, from our beginning, through periods correcting wrongs and becoming better, to a return to civility and our roots—was and is all about duty. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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November 6, 2017

Standing for Those Who Stood for Us

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Yet you risked everything here. Why? We look at you and somehow we know the answer.

It was faith and belief; it was loyalty and love…

You all knew that some things are worth dying for.”

President Ronald Reagan—June 6, 1984 in Normandy, France

On the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of D-Day

The air is quiet this morning, reflected in the softly hanging folds of our American Flag now posted on our home—almost waiting for something special to occur. As a nation, our thanks will be expressed this Saturday, November 11, when we will pause to honor those who have served to defend our country in the Armed Forces of the United States of America—our veterans.

I wonder if our expression of thanks to them should be offered every day.

It wasn’t until a dinner one evening about ten years after my discharge from the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War, that I remember hearing the words “thank you.” Instead, up until that moment, those who had served during that time were often made to feel less than appreciated and were often ridiculed for their service.

At the conclusion of his remarks, the speaker that evening—himself a retired and wounded Marine—asked all the veterans to stand and be recognized. He began first with WW I, then WW II, then the Korean War, and, finally with the last war at that time, the Vietnam War. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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