And It Snowed

Written by Ellen M. DuBois

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I couldn't wait to go outrepparttar next day and play in it. The snow symbolized two things for me: days off from school and Christmas.

My eyes misted with tears as I came back to my adult world. How could it be that something so beautiful could be lost? I am not casting asiderepparttar 127048 fact that as an adult driving inrepparttar 127049 snow is perilous. But where didrepparttar 127050 wonder go? Where did my appreciation for such beauty lie? Was it buried beneath being a "grown up"?

The traffic light turned green. I gazed once more atrepparttar 127051 house withrepparttar 127052 Christmas lights reflecting offrepparttar 127053 snow and smiled.

I sawrepparttar 127054 beauty again, as I did when I was a girl.

It is often said that we should keeprepparttar 127055 innocence and wonder that we had as a child when viewingrepparttar 127056 world.

Now I know what that means. It really does make you happier.

And it snowed.

© Ellen M. DuBois

Ellen M. DuBois, MA - Ms. DuBois is engaged and has a dog who loves to critique her work. She is published in vol.2 of God Allows U-Turns with her piece, "The Angel in the Dumpster". She writes to touch the hearts of others. Please visit Writings of the Heart, her award winning writer's resource site-

Bible Verses for Your Wedding, Part II

Written by Deborah Spence

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In reading these selections, you may find yourself reading beyondrepparttar verses. This is an excellent idea becauserepparttar 127047 context may surprise you in some cases. For example, Ruth 1:16 is a popular verse and is often used in weddings. (There are endless vocal music settings of this text as well, so donĎt rule this possibility out for your soloist.) While we think of this passage as being spoken by a man to a woman, or visa versa, as an affirmation of love and devotion, it is actually spoken by Ruth to her mother-in-law, Naomi! The story of Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz is certainly an entertaining tale. If you have time to readrepparttar 127048 whole saga, I encourage you to do so! Itís quite a story! So, again, try to takerepparttar 127049 time to read a few verses before and afterrepparttar 127050 main verses listed below. It could influence your decision.

How does one begin to narrowrepparttar 127051 choices? One thing to bear in mind is that many of these popular wedding Bible verses have been set to music. If you narrow your choices down to 5, but you only need to use 3, find out from your music director if any of your choices are set to music. You could then use those as vocal selections andrepparttar 127052 problem is solved. You can have them all!

And as for which ones to choose, you have some work ahead of you. Readrepparttar 127053 verses as a couple. Ask each other, "Does it speak to our situation?" "Does this sum up an important belief that we hold?" "Does this make us feel good or special when we read it?" And sometimes itís simply a matter of what grabs you!

A word about translations and paraphrases: While many preferrepparttar 127054 King James Version forrepparttar 127055 sheer poetry ofrepparttar 127056 language,repparttar 127057 verses above read quite differently in other translations. Consider consulting Today's English Version, The New International Version,repparttar 127058 Revised Standard,repparttar 127059 New Revised Standard, The Good News Bible,repparttar 127060 New Living Translation,repparttar 127061 Jerusalem Bible, and many others for more modern language. The most appropriate version ofrepparttar 127062 Bible for a Jewish wedding isrepparttar 127063 Masoretic Text.

Your wedding is one ofrepparttar 127064 most important events in your life. Takerepparttar 127065 time to setrepparttar 127066 perfect tone for your married years by starting your ceremony preparations withrepparttar 127067 Bible.

© 2000, 2001, Deborah Spence and This article is offered to you free of charge, and you have permission to print it out to aid you in your ceremony preparations. Reproducing and selling this article for profit, however, is a copyright infringement and is not allowed.

Deborah Spence holds a Master's Degree in Sacred Music and has been involved with weddings for more than 20 years. As a church music director, she's been actively associated with the ceremonial side of weddings in a variety of settings.

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