Sunday Reflections – The Gift of a Silent Night

Sunday Reflections – The Gift of a Silent Night

The Babe of Bethlehem brought hope and peace to the world on a Silent Night long ago.   The Western Front of the First World War discovered hope and peace on a Silent Night in 1914.   Tonight, the beautiful music of Jason Tonioli granted me the same gift of hope and peace.   May it grant the same for you.   Sit back now. Close your eyes. Open your heart.   And simply listen… And feel… Love…

Monday Morning Boost: #GiveThanks

Monday Morning Boost: #GiveThanks

I am a dad of five. I am a papa of two. I am blessed by the love of my angel Elisa. We have an awesome family. We have a growing business that helps others. We live in Cache Valley, our most beautiful place on earth. We have a beautiful home nestled on a quiet street in Hyde Park. We love our neighborhood. We are blessed to be surrounded, literally and figuratively, by wonderful people who have chosen to see our…

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Sunday Reflections: Because I Have Been Given Much

Sunday Reflections: Because I Have Been Given Much

“Because I have been given much I too must give.” It’s natural to feel gratitude when we truly have been given much. But what if we haven’t been given much, especially this year when there have been so many trials and so much has been literally taken away. Like many of you, we have also experienced challenges and losses this year. Family members have been sick with covid, one who was in a coma for several months. We have felt…

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Monday Morning Boost: Why Is It Hard To Talk About God?

Monday Morning Boost: Why Is It Hard To Talk About God?

Why is it hard to talk about God? Perhaps we shy away from the discussion for fear of offending another in their beliefs or coming across as attempting to proselyte another, which can be a real concern when living in an area such as I do with a dominant religious culture. Perhaps we feel God, faith and/or religion is much too personal to share. Or we may feel we are on the other side of the proverbial coin in that…

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Sunday Reflections: Singing Out Of Tune

Sunday Reflections: Singing Out Of Tune

https://www.facebook.com/lespatterson15/posts/1086359575161944 No voice conveys love and creates hope greater than the voice of one who loves you completely. A loving parent exemplifies this level of devoted love like no other. Author Mitch Albom says it perfectly. “When you look into your mother’s eyes, you know that is the purest love you can find on this earth.” The same is true for dads even if our eyes are not quite as gentle looking as moms! These are the voices our children need the…

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Monday Morning Boost: Remembering Those Who Stood To Defend

Monday Morning Boost: Remembering Those Who Stood To Defend

Sometimes a wrong turn turns out to be the right turn after all. This was the case Sunday afternoon when Elisa and I took the wrong exit off of I15 and were awarded the opportunity to view an unknown treasure in northern Utah… A replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall. Dedicated in 2018 in Layton, Utah, the replica is 80 percent of the original size of the monument in Washington, D.C. and is reported to be the only one of…

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Monday Morning Boost: In Memory of Uncle Marvin

Monday Morning Boost: In Memory of Uncle Marvin

I grew up with Uncle Marvin being part of my life. He and Aunt Connie lived just down the street. While technically my great-Uncle, his son Richard, Stitch as we called him as kids, was my age and we were cousins who grew up together. Uncle Marvin passed away October 28 at the age of 95. Read his obituary here. Uncle Marvin was the local milkman when I was a kid. He worked for Ideal Dairy, bottling the milk and…

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Sunday Reflections: My Kindness Shall Not Depart From Thee

Sunday Reflections: My Kindness Shall Not Depart From Thee

Three years ago today Elisa’s beautiful and kind mother finished her journey on earth. As a tribute to her kindness and love, we share one of her most favorite songs “My Kindness Shall Not Depart From Thee.” This song comes from one of Julia’s favorite scriptures, marked by a green tab in her well-worn scriptures, found in the Book of Isaiah, chapter 54, verses 7-8 and 10. “For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will…

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Monday Morning Boost: Feeling Invisible???

Monday Morning Boost: Feeling Invisible???

There was a time I thought no one saw me. I felt invisible. I felt like the good in the world bypassed me and only the bad found me. I was invisible. An unknown. A cipher. If you haven’t yet heard of the word “cipher” in this context, it means “a person of no influence; nonentity.” I first learned it from the short film “Cipher In The Snow.“ That’s the story I told myself for a long time. But like…

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Monday Morning Boost: Charting Your Course

Monday Morning Boost: Charting Your Course

Navigating to a new place before the days of GPS required a map, a general sense of cardinal directions, and a basic understanding of what one may encounter along the route. With these tools navigating from city to city or even across state lines is a fairly simple process. Except when it isn’t. Despite having great tools, sometimes I would still get lost! It’s so easy to miss a street sign, take a wrong turn, or simply be distracted. Sometimes…

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