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Spell out joy with life

Columnist Robert Hayes Jr. recommends spelling out the words of joy and thanksgiving with the building blocks of one's life.
BY ROBERT HAYES JR. Modified: December 21, 2012 at 3:37 pm •  Published: December 22, 2012

Another term you may spell out through misplaced priorities this season is the word “things.”

Engulfed in all the trappings of the season, in your haste to give “things,” do not forget that Christmas is about God making Love known in the form of a child, not about something you trade or buy for yourself or someone else.

This season, I suggest that you unwrap your heart to spell out “joy” and “thanksgiving” through the building blocks of your life, because God gave the Son to be your Savior. Let the words of the angels' song be the prayer written in the daily diary of your actions — “Peace on earth, goodwill toward all!”

Robert Hayes Jr. is bishop of the Oklahoma Conference United Methodist Church and the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference