As I gazed upon the shadow of the cross ...
our faithlessness became more despicable
He died on the cross
not just for you and me
But for all peoples of all times
Miraculously, he arose from death
giving us hope for another life
A life beyond the darkness of this world
into the brilliant light of His presence
How then can we live onto ourselves?
How can we not serve our neighbor?
It is this reality that prompts us
as we live our lives
In the Shadow of the Cross
I have been busy making a list and checking it twice. And thrice.
No, I am not trying to get an absurdly early start to Christmas.
I am trying to decide what new plants to add to my many containers and small backyard plots.
My recent visit to the Philadelphia Flower Show put me in the mood, as it always does, for working in the garden.
And plant and seed catalogs have been filling my mailbox for months, enticing me with gorgeous photos and bargain prices.
Admittedly, small-space gardening is a challenge.
Since the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., a phenomenon many of us have never seen before is occurring before our eyes.
Students have become empowered and have successfully rallied peers, parents and grandparents to help find a solution to school shootings.
·Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley, Bethlehem, is seeking ethnic diverse volunteers for its volunteer leadership program, Project Blueprint that develops and trains leaders to serve on boards and committees of local nonprofit agencies. Contact Karen Smith at 610-807-0336.
·Easton Urban Farm, Easton, is in need of gardeners, especially those who can join a weekly crew, to help maintain and harvest veggies, flowers and herbs for Easton Area Neighborhood Center food pantry and their Veggie Stand.
Contact Brenda Havens at 219-742-5489 or email@example.com.
In the aftermath of tragic events, I tend to feel very helpless and small.
Even though my every day is jam packed with activities that serve to improve the quality of life for others, I feel as if I somehow failed.
It sounds a bit ridiculous because I could never directly make a difference for every single person out there, especially those who live far away and have no connection to me.
The Pennsylvania Treasury Department is currently holding more than $3.2 billion in unclaimed property, with about one in 10 residents eligible to recoup that property.
And one of those individuals could be you.
In fact, in 2013, our office helped one local person claim $577,662 that was in a mutual fund held by his mother, who passed away in 2003.
Unclaimed property is any financial asset that has been left inactive by the owner for a period of three years or more. If no lawful owner claims the property at that time, it is transferred to the treasury.
It’s been a big week in space, so to speak.
An American astronaut was found to have altered his genes through space travel, the science and space savvy the world over celebrated the 16th letter of the Greek alphabet, and a luminary scientist left us for worlds unknown.
Not that earthbound news did not keep headline readers and writers busy.
·Volunteer Center of The Lehigh Valley, Bethlehem, is seeking ethnic diverse volunteers for its volunteer leadership program, Project Blueprint that develops and trains leaders to serve on boards and committees of local nonprofit agencies. Register atvolunteerlv.org/proj-blueprint.
Contact Karen Smith, 610-807-0336, Karen@volunteerlv.org.
·Forgotten Felines and Fidos, Germansville, needs volunteer foster parents for their cats and kittens.
Contact Therese at 610-248-7399 or Mary Ann at 610-737-6851.
Pennsylvania ranks in the top two states for the number of structurally deficient bridges: A truck driver was killed recently by a falling object in the Lehigh Tunnel, and this week a new bridge collapsed in Florida. How concerned are you about our transportation infrastructure?
Sen. Joe Scarnati, as the Pennsylvania Senate Pro Tempore, and I, as speaker of the Pennsylvania House, filed an emergency application for a stay with the United States Supreme Court on Feb. 21.
Our application makes clear the Pennsylvania Supreme Court did not have the power to invalidate the constitutional, democratically passed congressional map.