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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from all of us at LynnRMitchell.com

Christmas 12 lanternThe reason for the season….

“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace and goodwill towards men.” Luke 2:8-20

The true meaning of Christmas … a time for the Christian world to pause and celebrate the birth of the son of God.

As 2014 comes to a close, we are thankful for a successful year and especially for our readers who contribute and share the posts we publish at LynnRMitchell.com.

It is a time to remember those who have special meaning in our lives. We are grateful to have our core group of contributors –Kurt, David, Daniel, and Lynn — working together as each brings a unique perspective that is shared in our writings:

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Does God let bad things happen to good people?

Jerry Baldwin 3By Jerry Baldwin

I was talking with friends last night and the conversations came around to questioning why God lets bad things happen to good people. This morning as I read a devotional by John Maxwell, it seemed timely and helped put the conversation into perspective:

Driving the 469 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway is an explorer’s delight. From northern Virginia to the Tennessee-North Carolina border, there are wonders around every bend in the mountainous road. You may see wildlife, a pioneer cabin, gorgeous vistas, a country church, a stream or waterfall — the beauty never ends. The Parkway is not for the hurried; it is for the expectant — those eager for new experiences and discovery.

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Bob McDonnell, non-materialistic man of humility

Jerry BaldwinBy Jerry Baldwin

In an article from the Richmond Times-Dispatch, former Governor Bob McDonnell’s sister Maureen described her brother as the least materialistic person she knew.  “His slippers had duct tape on them . . . he had holes in the bottom of his shoes.”

I can confirm this from personal experience. During his campaign for Governor in 2009, he made a stop by the Richmond City Jail and went to tier after tier talking about restoration of rights and rehabilitation. At the end of the tour we stopped in the Sheriff’s Office and I discreetly took these pictures of the soles of his shoes.

Bob McDonnell by Jerry Baldwin

I have always been impressed with his work ethic, but also his humility.

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