‘Christmas in Iraq’ Poem Goes Viral on the Web & Radio

Christian Activities Publisher Kathryn Darden Finds Her 2005 Christmas Poem “Christmas in Iraq” Viral on the Web & Radio Christian Activities Publisher Kathryn E. Darden was recently contacted by a woman who had just read Darden’s poem, “Christmas in Iraq.” The poem ran on ChristianActivities.com in December of 2005, and was republished during the holiday in 2007, but the woman stated the poem was featured in another publication she had received. Darden was unable to get the woman to send…

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Letters to the Editor: Christmas In Iraq

Several readers had thoughts about the poem “Christmas in Iraq” by Kathryn E. Darden. 12/19/07 Kathryn, I recently read one of your poems in another publication I receive and as a woman veteran I wanted to share with you my reaction. The title of the poem is “Christmas in Iraq.” As a woman who spent 20 years in the military, I was disappointed that your prose assumed that only men serve in combat zones and miss their loved ones. In…

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‘Silver Leaves’ to Fall in November

Find The Lord of the Rings at Tolkien Town The premiere issue of Silver Leaves (SL), the official journal of The White Tree Fund (TWTF), will be released on November 24, 2007. The journal will include a range of topics in features such as academic essays, creative writing, and featured artwork; interviews and event reports; artistic spotlights on costuming, weaponry, handmade items, and writing by invited guests; puzzles; humanitarian, community, and volunteer updates; and book and movie reviews. Issue I…

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I just want to set things right

Life’s too short to hate and fight so I just want to set things right. I know the past has had its day for bitterness and its its array. But that is gone and I must say “please forgive this soul of God’s today.” Fore we need to stand together with the good Lord on our side And cast away the stumbling blocks and every form of pride. Christian poets are invited to post their original workd on the Christian…

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‘The Mayberry Poem – A Tribute to Mayberry’ Releases

In October of 1960, a sitcom appeared on the old black and white TV sets that celebrated family, friendship, community and the Golden Rule. That show was “The Andy Griffith Show.” It isn’t surprising to fans of the show to know that after 46 years, that show has never been off the air as it moved into syndication and reruns that are still popular today. Therefore, it’s little wonder to discover that fans are putting their love for the show…

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I wasn’t there when they nailed him to the tree. I didn’t see the blood, Run down his face. I was blind to the truth, I took a long time for me to see, Jesus loved us, He died for you and me. Then I saw the crown of thorns, They placed upon his head. I watched him die on the cross, They said he was dead. My eyes were opened, I saw the tears Run down his momma’s face….

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Poems by Tom Valles IV

Web www.christianactivities.com //–> In the Struggle When the Tempter paints a picture That looks too good for words, Speak a Word of scripture; Let truth from you be heard. Jesus said, “it is written” And I take Him at his Word. When the Tempter offers water That tastes too sweet to pass, Pray there to your Father: “Give me wisdom Lord, I ask” Jesus said: “I am the way” And He is faithful to the task. When the Tempter vies…

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Poems by Tom Valles, I

Diamonds On My Skin There was agony and darkness, a war was being fought! Battles at the forefront, while strategies were sought. Attacks and accusations, the mind at center stage Where every thought and vision seemed to toil and rage. At the height of my contrition, on my knees and torn within, A sudden light of hope appeared, and rested on my skin. From high above a light was cast, to comfort and to teach. Revealed in fallen tears, I…

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Where God Is

He was just a little boy, on a week’s first day. He was wandering home from Sunday School, and dawdling on the way. He scuffed his shoes into the grass; he found a caterpillar. He found a fluffy milkweed pod, and blew out all the “filler.” A bird’s nest in a tree overhead, so wisely placed on high. Was just another wonder that caught his eager eye. A neighbor watched his zig zag course, and hailed him from the lawn;…

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The Shephard and The Little Lamb

The Shepherd loved His little lamb, And gave it His tender care And followed it with His loving eyes As it wandered here and there. And as He sat by His grazing flock Who so meekly His voice obeyed, He pondered sadly His little lamb As again it strayed. The little lamb had a loving heart, And adored His Shepherd, true, But would turn aside and seek his own way As lambs so often do. With His gentle voice the…

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