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Christmas 2012

Posted by ShipwreckWriter - Lynn Pettigrew Norris on December 18, 2012 at 10:10 AM


Christmas time comes and goes quickly. Usually everyone is busy running around grabbing up gifts, doing last minute errands and such. Thisyear finds me feeling humbled – almost frozen in my tracks. Still feeling theblunt blow of losing my job in October and no prospect of a new job in sight, I teeter between being thankful to have the time to reflect on many of life’slessons and having time to work on the Lighthouse Library project.

This has been a good reminder to me to look to the Lord for everything – everything! I already knew this lesson, but evidently needed some more practice.


It has been a large trial trying to complete a huge project for a nonprofit and trying to remain positive in the face of an uncertain future. The finances are no longer there for me personally to donate to the project. But I still have two good hands and the compassion for others along with the passion for literacy skills concerning computers, reading, and writing. I am also looking forward to restarting the community  food pantry that we ran for many years in another nearby small Kansas town.


I am looking forward to the simple things that thisChristmas season offers. Things like the Christmas meal, time with the extended family, and reading notes that others send my way. I received a small package in the mail and it was from a company that simply put some candy in a recycled plastic tub with a lid. Inside, they put some green streamers and some tiny chocolate candy bars. I have enjoyed that treat every day now since it arrived – eating one small treat each day. It is the small things in life that bring us great joy when we scale down our lives.


I remain hopeful that the Lord will supply a job in the near future. But mostly, I’m so looking forward to officially opening Lighthouse Library and seeing children and adults come in and enjoy the services there.The funds are low – actually they are nonresistant. But it is with faith that we conclude the building project and it is with faith that we hope that the utilities will get paid each month along with the building insurance bills. AsI look back over the past few years, it is with a grateful heart that I recall past positions that offered me the funds to donate to the library project and to other nonprofit causes. These are the reasons I hope for a new job. It hurts a lot not to have money to share with others and to help meet their needs. Thisis a good lessons – a reminder to me – to remember what is important in life.


Ifyou would like to donate to the Lighthouse Library project, send your tax deductible donation to: ECCRC, PO Box 40, Dexter, KS 67038. This video showsthe project as it looked almost a year ago. Thank the Lord we have come so far since then and we trust him as we continue to go forward with the project.(Lighthouse Library from Hatteberg’s People – KAKE TV)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Irqgxp62_wY

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Reply Nikki Slaven
10:49 AM on December 18, 2012 
I like your Christmas blog! And you're right that Christmas time comes and goes so quickly, so its important to enjoy it while its here. You're also right that we can get lost "in the thick of thin things", so to speak, and miss the enjoyment of the little things. I recall a sign that said in the end we will learn that the little things were really the big things! I hope bright blessings will be in your future, with funds enough to complete the lighthouse project! And funds for your needs, too!