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You know there was a time when you spoke about the military, people spoke with such pride of our troops. When people saw a family that had a son, daughter, husband, or wife that was in one of the military service, they would stop and speak always asking how they was doing and if they needed anything to just call.
Churches would hold prayers for families and friends that may need some spiritual guidance, faith so strong that no one ever felt alone.
I come from a small town and people pulled together to help one another through the good times and bad times. A town where when you walked down the sidewalk you could always count on someone to say hello, and talk for a bit.
Store owners would offer help to those who couldn’t quite afford groceries by either donating them or giving a line of credit so that no one went hungry. These were family people also, so they understood what it was like to go without at times.
The best thing about small towns and the people in them is the holiday seasons. People decorating for every occasion and helping those decorate that couldn’t do it for themselves. Holidays were special, Valentines would fill the town and homes with the beautiful red heart banners, and the smell of chocolate candy that was giving to their sweetheart.
Easter brought about a yard full of wild flowers of different colors, also known as flocks. Children running to find all the eggs they can and the treats that would follow.
July 4th what a special day seeing all the flags that would be flowing in the wind, the families and friend that would all show up for the beautiful display of fireworks that would light up the nights sky.
Halloween what a joy to be able for one night to be whatever you wanted to be. From a cowboy to a witch, all kinds of wonderful costumes to be seen, some handmade, and some store bought. But all in the spirit of joy and happiness. Children laughing, running as fast as they can from house to house, getting their buckets and bags filled with all kinds of goodies.
Thanksgiving what a amazing holiday, where people would gather at homes of family and friends to join in a festive gathering of the smell of unforgettable cooking, so much food that you just didn’t know where to start, some started with the dessert first. But after all the eating, most were stuffed more than the turkey was.
Then there was Christmas, the day to give praise to the Lord, this day is one that fills children young and old alike with the spirit. Decorating the house inside and out, with lights of different colors and putting up the tree, with ornaments that have been in the family for years and passed down. The homes that were filled with the scent of fresh pine, along with cookies and pies bake fresh.
Parents telling children that they better be asleep at a certain time or Santa Claus wont come. Waking up Christmas morning only to see that presents are under the tree and just filled with anticipation to see what Santa had brought for them.
The memories of these holidays and feeling loved by all that was part of them. There is nothing stronger than faith and love that is unstoppable.
Times have changed and now people are so busy that they don’t have or just don’t take the time to be part of something that brings so much happiness by helping one another. Giving is so much more than material items, it is being able to smile and bring a little joy to another by simply saying Merry Christmas, or Happy Thanksgiving. Whatever the season or holiday, or just a day in general, letting someone know that there is people out there that still care, and willing to lend that helping hand.
That is Faith Unstoppable.