Growing up, there was a gentleman of color who was the janitor at our elementary school. He never said much, but each day he went around performing his job with a quiet sense of purpose and dignity. We never saw “Mr. George” as he was known get mad or upset. He never yelled. His manners and devotion to the school and the kids won him the respect and love he deserved.
Mr. George was a man of few words. He would say “hi” or “ya’ll get along to class now, but nothing much more than that. His actions spoke louder than his words.
For the Christmas plays and programs put on at the school, Mr. George would sing “O Holy Night.” This quiet man would belt out this wonderful barritone verson of the song that shook the rafters. As some of the programs were during the day, Mr. George would leave his mop and bucket outside the doors quietly shuffle in the gym / auditorium in his janitor’s uniform.
When he sang without accompaniment, there was not a peep in the room. Not a shuffling of bodies nor a sliding of chairs.
The only sound was the powerful voice of this man who was loved by all.
When he was finished, he would shuffle out the door, returning to his duties as a janitor. (more…)
We posted this video last year and just really like it. We hope you do as well.
Starting with a single cellist on the floor of the National Air and Space Museum’s “Milestones of Flight” gallery, and swelling to 120 musicians, The U.S. Air Force Band exhilarated museum visitors with its first-ever flash mob. The four-minute performance featured an original arrangement of “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring/Joy to the World,” led by the band’s commander and conductor, Col. Larry H. Lang. Unsuspecting museum visitors
There is something about this version of Little Drummer Boy that we really like. Maybe it is the way it slowly starts out and builds to a crescendo. Maybe it is the vocals of Rick Florian. Maybe it is the power chords. We don’t know. But the end result is one of our favorite versions of the song.
As you may be aware, there is a movement on college campuses where students are upset with having to deal with ideas and thoughts that are contrary to their own. In some cases, colleges have told students to report these evil contrarian thoughts to school officials. Some schools have set up counselors and allocated faculty to counsel students on how to deal with the horrific idea that someone might “offend” you by something they say.
The President of Oklahoma Wesleyan University found himself facing a student who was upset at something that was said. His response to them and later expanded in an email and open letter on the school’s website is epic and should be required reading for everyone – students, faculty, and administration – in education.
Dr. Everett Piper, President
Oklahoma Wesleyan University
This past week, I actually had a student come forward after a university chapel service and complain because he felt “victimized” by a sermon on the topic of 1 Corinthians 13. It appears that this young scholar felt offended because a homily on love made him feel bad for not showing love! In his mind, the speaker was wrong for making him, and his peers, feel uncomfortable.
I’m not making this up. Our culture has actually taught our kids to be this self-absorbed and narcissistic! Any time their feelings are hurt, they are the victims! Anyone who dares challenge them and, thus, makes them “feel bad” about themselves, is a “hater,” a “bigot,” an “oppressor,” and a “victimizer.”
I have a message for this young man and all others who care to listen. That feeling of discomfort you have after listening to a sermon is called a conscience! An altar call is supposed to make you feel bad! It is supposed to make you feel guilty! The goal of many a good sermon is to get you to confess your sins—not coddle you in your selfishness. The primary objective of the Church and the Christian faith is your confession, not your self-actualization!
Over the past few years, from Thanksgiving until Christmas, we have posted a Christmas themed song, video, or something like that each and every day.
This year, we wanted to start out with something in keeping with that tradition, but with a little more of a special meaning.
One of our contributors has been dealing with the issue of their mother being cooped up in hospitals, nursing homes and rehab centers for the last year or so. As you can imagine, it was draining on her as well as our friend. It was always the goal to get her home by the holidays. Many people said she would not make it, but the woman is a fighter and last week, she left a rehab center to return to her home of over 60 years.
Apparently, she always liked Bing Crosby, so this is for her.
We were going to post this one before Thanksgiving, but decided to save it.
Once again, this is from AF Branco at Comically Correct who, in case you like his work, has a coffee table book out now. It would make a nice gift for someone on you list. (And for the record, we have not received or expect to receive anything for mentioning Branco or his book.)
The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep’s for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as his liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty. Plainly, the sheep and the wolf are not agreed upon a definition of liberty.