Whittington: We got the greatest Christmas gift of all

By Debra Whittington   Religion Columnist Christmas isn’t the same this year. I went to only one Christmas party, have written no Christmas cards, intend on doing no baking this year, and have watched few Christmas movies this year. I forced myself to decorate and now that it is done, I am glad I did […]

Leonard Lauriualt: Be ready for Jesus’ return

By Leonard Lauriault Religion Columnist At noon, this Friday marks the halfway point between Thanksgiving and Christmas. While we’ve been fairly successful at calibrating our children to not ask, “Are we there yet?” on car rides, our younger child, who has a typically underdeveloped sense of time and patience, is wanting to know when Christmas […]

Whittington: Don’t wait for a crisis to pray to God

Notes from the Church Lady By Debra Whittington Religion Columnist We were returning home after a long drive and had just dropped off the Caprock north of Ragland by the time darkness fell. We were still a few miles from Quay, when suddenly there was a big, black cow standing in the middle of the […]

Lauriault: God gives all that make us thankful

By Leonard Lauriault Religion Columnist This Thursday, Nov. 25, is Thanksgiving Day. I’ve always looked forward to this day as it’s the beginning of the winter holiday season, which runs through Easter, as far as I’m concerned. I think it’s significant that the season begins with Thanksgiving and ends with the main reason we should […]

Whittington: Be thankful for each new day

By Debra Whittington Religion Columnist Watching the sun come up this morning, I thought of all the Thanksgiving columns I wrote for 20-plus years. Is there something new to share with readers? Right at that moment the sun popped over the horizon, bathing the mountain in various hues of rose, orange, and purple clouds. I […]

Lauriault: Honor those who fought for our religious freedom

By Leonard Lauriault Religion Columnist Today is Veteran’s Day. Originally this holiday was called Armistice Day because at 11:11 a.m., on Nov. 11, 1918, a cease-fire went into effect, ending the hostilities of World War I. The Treaty of Versailles was signed about seven months later, officially ending the war. Armistice Day was originally meant […]

Remember to be thankful for God’s daily gifts

By Debra Whittington Religion Columnist The time change last Sunday has left me unsettled and will probably last a week or two. Even though the sun rises and sets at the same time, I feel as though I was cheated out of extra sunlight. On Sunday, I kept asking Mark what time it was all […]

Costumes for children, not Christians

Halloween is this Saturday and as I was thinking of the costumes we wore when I was young, I recalled a Bible account about a king, a witch, and a ghost. (That sounds like the opening for a good joke, doesn’t it: “A king, a witch, and a ghost were in a boat together …”) […]

Thankful for my church family

By Debra Whittington Religion Columnist Little did I know the last time I wrote a column that the tables would be turned on me. That morning, I wrote how important it was to care for others and then in a matter of hours I was in the midst of a crisis. Mark hadn’t felt well […]

Lauriault: Remember to prevent the past

By Leonard Lauriault Religon Columnist When I awoke on Sept.11, 2015, I recalled what happened 14 years ago. Throughout the day, I had several reminders of that horrible day, the most impressive of which occurred when I looked at my digital watch and the time was 9:11. Usually when I look at my watch, I […]