Are better things in the offing?

It doesn’t seem like Christmas should be here so soon. Where did the year go?

I’m hoping that everyone is having fun shopping, enjoying family get-togethers and taking in the Christmas decorations/lights and cheer.

Just don’t forget the reason of the season…Jesus. He will be there for us, no matter what.

Since my next column won’t occur until next year, I am hoping things will be brighter for everyone in 2019.

Let’s hope they find cures for dreaded diseases and let there be peace in the world.

It wasn’t a terribly horrible year, but we did lose a lot of friends through death and that hurt. It seems like every day we hear about the loss of another loved one.

I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year as well a Merry Christmas.

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Please pray for these people: Kelly Van De Grift, Raymond Macias, Tom Brumbaugh, Danny Brown, Neal Gray, Gary Thompson, Terri Hunt, Ruth Deal, Jack Hale, Jessi Klosterman, Marilyn Peterson, Jack Good, Mary Faller, Gruff Billenstein, Mary Ullery, Larry Badger, Wayne Neal, Bill Schellenbarg, Martha Higgins, Scott Clark, Duke Temple, Paulette (Swab) Shields, Neil Isch, Larry Hummel, Phyllis Turner, Kerry Young, Dale Clark, Judi Peters, Linda Birt Schaffer, Herbert Bayman, Adam Ullery, Vicky Henderson, Don Hittle, Emily Moody, Roger McEowen, Becky Garrett-Ross, Darcy Buckingham, Roger Tingley, Ron Kaffenberger, Crew Neaves, Jackson Stout, Katie Rehmert, Shannon Peters Hall, Alayna Marie Brantley, Sherri Gibbons Feitshans, Irma Stewart, Chuck Davis, Dawn Oldiges, Don Booker, Tracy Pratt, Brenda “Bill” Riffell, Jim Marker, Mike Grillot, Mason Osterloh, Kyndal Wynk, Ron Kreitzer, Stacy Dorko, Keith Starks, Kohen Thwaits, Jerrod Pratt, Al Bliss, Layna Best, Wanda and Joe Bailey, Shelly Hoffman, Pappy Harshman, Bob Hiestand Jr., Rodney Hiestand, Tina Kiser Deaton, Kody Ketring, Lois Hittle, Kevin Hemmerich, Samantha Smith, Tim Heck, Ron Kramer, Tim Ullery and Kenny Edwards

I want to thank those who are praying for my son, Jamie, and awaiting a procedure to determine what is causing the pain in his stomach. By the time  this goes to press, that pain may go away…we can hope. When he went to the hospital, they said he was low in potassium, and I figure the pain is coming from maybe a bruise inside because he had fallen early that morning and I didn’t see the fall and he doesn’t remember it.

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Jamie and I send our condolences to the families of: Aleene Tyo Cromwell, Bob Hunt, Tonia Thompson, Duard  Runner, Marjorie Hughes, Carolyn Brandon, Elizabeth “Beth” Sloan, Bill Wilson, Mary Lou Oler, Bill Metzcar, Charlotte Brown, J.D. Clymer, Kenneth Dowler, Frances Jackson and Virginia Hall.

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Happy birthday:

Dec. 27 to my mother, Bea Moody, who celebrates her 91st birthday; and to Doug Drexler, Tina McClanahan, Tracy Johnson, Peggy Follrod, Scotty Pfledderer, Mary Bevins, Eddie O’Rock, Daryl Goodwin, Jim Batten, Roger Oliver of Versailles, Linda Leeper, Rob Hathaway and Dana Heck.

Dec. 28 to Terry Overbay, Bill Gantt, Holden Long, and Carol Cox.

Dec. 29 to Betty Burnfield, Mary Kell, Cindy Bowman, Pat McCarthy, Benjamin  Cooley, Don Keihl, Brad Slyder, Bruce Hetzler, Kayla Young, and Heather Midlam.

Dec. 30 to Keith Burk, Monica Beisner, Alana Wickham, Stacy Barnt and Craig Prenger.

Dec. 31 to Janice Clark, Katlin Moody, Chad Wagner, Robert Foster, Donna Bixler, Dawn Mikesell, Aaron Matthew, Kylee Freeman, Trevor Hemmerich, Christa Bonfiglio, Brooke Neal and Mary Ann Grillot.

Jan. 1 to Jeff Minnich, Paula Harbison, Seth Phillippi, Kerry Foshee, Carol Huntington and Ted Liette and Rick Price.

Jan. 2 to Brook Hilderbrand, Shirley Phillippi, Steve Wilson, Ronnie Gard, Kathy Widener, Jason Crawford, Seth Klingshirn, Karie Stickley, Darrell Biddlestone Stacy Gibson, Jerry Miller and Rick Hahn.

Jan. 3 to Jamie Francis Wisner, Mike Lawson, Linda Alexander, Kendra Billenstein, Ralph Helmer, Scott Rodeheffer, Travis Henderson, Teresa Shinn and Kate Custer.

Jan. 4 to Dennis Riffell, Jill Riffell, Margaret Rhoades, Kevin Metzcar, Elizabeth Horner, Maxine Alexander, Jodi Neff, Mary Ann Armstrong, Edna Fourman, Jon Hein, Dick Lavy and Taylor Thwaits.

Jan. 5 to Wayne Harbison, Billie Mullens, Jesse DeMange, Tyler Kress, Arlene Harris, Lester Thwaits, Wyatt Boatright, Doug Leeper and Michelle Sparks Reed.

Jan. 6 to Arnold Riffle, Carie Ann Shroyer, Preston Holton, Matt Leeper, Judy Gibson, Andrew Waymire, Mike Erwin, Betsy Cook New and Chris Printz.

Jan. 7 to Kathy Cline, Wendy Sebring Meek, Nicholas Mayo, Chad Beam,  C.W. “Chuck” Cruze, Terri Livesay, Kayla Scarberry and Robin Zeller.

Jan. 8 to Chris Brewer, Julia Easterling, Doug Wentworth and Toni Sink.

Happy anniversary to: Steve and Christa Bonfiglio on Dec. 30; and Herb and Virgie Bayman on Jan. 9.

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