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Old December 17th, 2001, 02:19 PM
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Just received this from one of my former students (yes, they still talk to me)....thought it was worth sharing.

WAYS WE'RE DIFFERENT THIS CHRISTMAS

1. Last Christmas we were thinking about all the things we didn't have;
this Christmas we are thinking about all the things we do have.

2. Last Christmas we were placing wreaths on the doors of our homes;
this Christmas we are placing wreaths on the graves of our heroes.

3. Last Christmas we were letting our sons play with toy guns; this
Christmas we are teaching them that guns are not toys.

4. Last Christmas we were counting our money; this Christmas we are
counting our blessings.

5. Last Christmas we were lighting candles to decorate; this Christmas
we are lighting candles to commemorate.

6. Last Christmas we paid lip service to the real meaning of the
holidays; this Christmas we are paying homage to it.

7. Last Christmas we were digging deep into our bank accounts to find
money to fly home for the holidays; this Christmas we are digging deep into our souls to find the courage to do so.

8. Last Christmas we were trying not to let annoying relatives get the
best of us; this Christmas we are trying to give the best of ourselves to
them.

9. Last Christmas we thought it was enough to celebrate the holidays;
this Christmas we know we must also find ways to consecrate them.

10. Last Christmas we thought a man who could rush down a football
field was a hero; this Christmas we know a man who rushes into a
burning building is the real one.

11. Last Christmas we were thinking about the madness of the holidays;
this Christmas we are thinking about the meaning of them.

12. Last Christmas we were getting on one other's nerves; this
Christmas we are getting on our knees.

13. Last Christmas we giving thanks for gifts from stores; this
Christmas we are giving thanks for gifts from GOD.

14. Last Christmas we were wondering how to give our children all the
things that money can buy; this Christmas we are wondering how to
give them all the things money can't (peace, security).

15. Last Christmas we were thinking about all the pressure we are under
at the office; this Christmas we are thinking about all the people who
no longer have an office to go to.

16. Last Christmas we were singing carols; this Christmas we are
singing anthems.

17. Last Christmas we were thinking how good it would feel to be
affluent; this Christmas we are thinking how good it feels to be alive.

18. Last Christmas we thought angels were in heaven; this Christmas we
know they are right here on earth.

19. Last Christmas we were contemplating all the changes we wanted to
make in the new year; this Christmas we are contemplating all the
changes we will have to make in this new reality.

20. Last Christmas we believed in the power of the pocketbook; this
Christmas we believe in the power of prayer.

21. Last Christmas we were sharing / spreading / listening to gossip;
this Christmas we are sharing / spreading and listening to the Gospel.

22. Last Christmas we were complaining about how much of our earnings
went to taxes; this Christmas we comprehend that freedom isn't free.

23. Last Christmas we valued things that were costly; this Christmas we
value things that are Holy.

24. Last Christmas the people we idolized wore sports uniforms; this
Christmas the people we idolize wear police, firefighter and military
uniforms.

25. Last Christmas peace on earth is something we prayed for on Sunday
morning; now it's something we pray for every day.
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Old December 17th, 2001, 02:24 PM
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Nice reflection on how 9/11 has changed our lives.

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Old December 17th, 2001, 02:29 PM
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Beautiful.
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Old December 17th, 2001, 02:53 PM
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Sometimes I feel very saddened that we have had this change. On the flip side it is great to see so many people turning things over to God. I feel very blessed to be alive and witness the changes in our country. It used to be you could not give away and American Flag now you are hard pressed to find one. Thanks for sharing these profound thoughts with us CA.
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Old December 17th, 2001, 03:47 PM
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Beautiful.
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Old December 17th, 2001, 06:14 PM
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Nice thoughts from a bright student. Thanks for sharing them CA.

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Old December 17th, 2001, 08:17 PM
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Very articulate from a bright student. Superbly done and I enjoyed every word!!

Thanks for sharing this with all of us CA.

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Old December 17th, 2001, 10:54 PM
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I am still trying to figure out why these students you torture every week still talk to you when class is over??

I love it!

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Old December 18th, 2001, 09:48 PM
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thanks, it's a good thing to stop and remember.Here I was pi@#ing and moaning that I had to make potato salad tonight for a party at work tomorrow. Thanks for bringing me back to what matters.
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