The Lord is Come!

Many years ago I wrote a play entitled “The Lord Is Come!”   It was based on Leo Tolstoy’s short story, “Where Love Is, God Is,’ and we performed it at our church.  It was an affirmation of the presence of God among us. Two days ago we celebrated the birth of Lord Jesus. Our Creator […]

Christmas Images

This photograph was taken during the Christmas season, 2011, and was perhaps the last photograph of Ann, me and our five sons together. 2011 These following two photographs were taken at our Greenway home in 2005.  My dear wife Ann knew how to prepare a feast, and there was always plenty of love to go […]

A Depression Christmas

 I grew up in the 1930s.  Those were the hard times of the Great Depression.  Of course, I was too young to realize how bad things were; and though people in my community were generally poor, no one was in danger of starvation.  My father was a physician, so we were somewhat better off than […]

A Christmas Disaster

I have always loved to sing.  I never had lessons, do not read music, and I have only average talent.  Nevertheless, I really enjoy singing.  In the fourth grade I was picked to sing a solo in or school’s Christmas pageant. I belted it out with considerable gusto. I spent the winter of 1939-40 in […]

Music for the Soul

 We are gifted with amazing sounds during the Christmas season.  It fills my soul with joy to hear magnificent choruses and carols such as Adeste Fideles, Joy to the World, Silent Night, and other worshipful tributes to the birth of our Savior.  We are truly blessed by this wonderful music. Last evening I was particularly […]

The Gift

Consider for a moment the beautiful verse that closes the beloved Christmas carol In the Bleak Midwinter. What can I give Him,Poor as I am?If I were a shepherdI would bring a lamb,If I were a wise manI would do my part,Yet what I can I give Him,Give my heart. This theme has been expressed […]

A Christmas Story

This true Christmas story was told by Russel Schuettpelz. It was recorded and distributed by his wife Lorraine, published in Guidepost, and recently forwarded to me by my son, Sandy Jr.                We were over the English channel on Christmas Eve, 1944, and our plane was beginning its descent through a heavy fog, […]

The Music of Christmas

Yesterday, December 20th. I attended a Christmas musical concert at my church.  It was beautiful, and I loved every moment of it.  My thanks go out to those who put the concert together and to the performers. I am particularly grateful to Ira Poberezhnaya, our director of music. She is a true artist. I also […]


One of my favorite movies of Christmas time, indeed, of all time, is Scrooge with Albert Finney   It is not only a visual and musical feast, it is a tale of a man’s life gone wrong followed by an amazing redemption. The story plays your emotions like a violin.  You move from a sweet romance, […]

Christmas at Tanya Court

I am bringing up some photos of times past for my family.  I hope that others may also enjoy. A house on Tanya Court in Ellicott City, Maryland, was our home from January 1986 until January 2003.  I have many happy memories of that place – especially remembrances and images of Christmastime. Outside Decorations at […]