Rarely do I use my computer for socializing, however Christmas was greatly enhanced by sharing in the joy of others. Personally I posted my Christmas photos because it was the easiest way for my family to choose the pictures they wanted. Surprisingly many of my Facebook friends commented on my photos, which lead me to scroll through my friend’s posts.
There were numerous glorious religious sentiments, countless warm expressions of love and friendship, and beautiful photos of three and four generations exchanging gifts and hugs. Each post was an invitation to share in their family’s joy of the season, with their arms and hearts wide open.
Some of my Facebook acquaintances live in other states but through today’s social media we no longer feel separated from those we care about. I even “Skyped” my brother-in-law and sister-in-law in Arizona to wish them a Merry Christmas. (Skype® is a software application that you can use to video chat with other people. You can also use it to make telephone calls over the internet.)
Throughout Christmas day I visited Facebook to connect with my extended family—that is my Facebook family. For example; Brian Schweiterman and Kristi Hone announced their engagement, Glo Quinter updated us daily on her son’s optimistic outlook and progress after losing part of his leg in a farm accident weeks before Christmas, and others shared their mixed emotions of both joy and sadness because of the loss of loved ones. In each case Facebook friends were supportive with an appropriate response of either congratulations, encouragement, or consolations and prayers…always prayers.
Now we look ahead to 2014. Remember last year the Mayan calendar was one of the lead stories but now we are witnessing the completion of year 2013. We again consider our new year’s resolutions. Therefore, may God make your year a happy one! Not by shielding you from all sorrows and pain, but by strengthening you to bear it as it comes. Not by making your path easy, but by making you sturdy to travel the path. Not by taking hardships from you, but by taking fear from your heart. Not by granting you unbroken sunshine, but by keeping your outlook bright even in the shadows. Not by making your life always pleasant, but by showing you when people and their causes need you most and by a making you anxious to be there to help. May God’s love, peace, hope and joy be yours in the year ahead. Happy New Year!
The Versailles Area Museum will be open this Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. and is your last opportunity to see the Christmas displays. There will be no Sunday hours in January.
Consider spending New Year’s Eve in Monte Carlo Versailles. The Knights of Columbus is creating Monte Carlo Night at the K of C Hall. The evening will feature gaming, prizes, snacks and the traditional sausage and kraut at midnight. Doors open at 8 p.m., gaming starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $20 each or $30 per couple and can be purchased by contacting Roger Schlater at (937) 526-9767.
Happy birthday wishes to Esther Eiting, Joe Blucher, Jessie Barga, Casey Shaner, Mary Ann Grilliot, Robert Scantland, Rev. Keith Falk, Matt Magoto, Karen Bensman, Cindy Shadoan, John Grogean, and Tammy Magoto.
Hello to Karen Kelch, Connie Dirksen, Kathy and George Subler, Jim Short, Larry Simmons, Edna Batty, Kathy Heitkamp, Russ Francis, Larry Hemmelgarn, Pam Groff, and Mike Smith.
Healing prayers and get well wishes to Vaughn Wakefield, Rosemary Paulus, Terry Walters, Ron Kramer, Louis Ahrns, John Kissinger, Smoke Smith, Karen Lawrence, Rob Quinter, Tina Lyme, Janice Schellhase, Marlene Schulze, Carol Larger, Dan Roseberry, Barb Agne, Jennifer Platfoot, Rusty Whittaker, Barb Heckman, Brain Voisard, Don Ahrens, Samantha Smith, Claire Thomas, Dan Varvel, Dick Francis, Lauren Harman and all those in need of our prayers but not mentioned by name.
My heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of Donna Kay Fritz, Jerry Brandts, and Don Richard, also remembering the lives of Joan Schellenbarg, Carl Bey, Jacob Magoto, Yvette Groff, James Roeth, Gladys Francis, Anna Barga, Norma Phlipot, Helen Monnin, Kathryn Steed, Paul Eilerman, Jerold Mulvaney, and Donald Fullenkamp and Ruth Spencer as the anniversary of the passing approaches.
“Friendship doubles our joy and divides our grief.” ~Swedish Proverb
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” ~Helen Keller
“A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.” ~Author Unknown
Kathy Magoto is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves Daily Advocate readers weekly with her weekly Versailles community column. She can be reached at email@example.com or at 526-3798. Feel free to contact her with Versailles news and tidbits. Viewpoints expressed in these opinion pieces are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.