Kaelyn's Korner

Weekly column by Kaelyn Pfenning

Fresh start

One of my favorite aspects of a new year is the fresh start.

A new beginning offers chances to start out on the right foot, to make lasting changes and to refocus on what matters most.

For those who believe, we get a fresh start every single day.

Hope

This year, Brad and I celebrated our first Christmas together as a married couple.

We spent the day Saturday with my family—Skyping with my older brother and his family in Vietnam, eating breakfast, opening presents and playing games.

Then, we had dinner with Brad’s family Sunday and Monday nights.

Traveling

Brad and I did a good deal of driving this past weekend.
On Friday, I drove us to North Carolina for my younger brother Keven’s graduation; he’s a doctor now!
We traveled about three hours to get there.
We stayed with my brother, his wife and their dog Buckeye—named for the Ohio State college football team.

Reading

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to read the lines of Mary and Elizabeth in my church’s Christmas celebration.

I have always enjoyed reading, whether quietly to myself or aloud to others.

Books open the doors to worlds beyond the reach of our limited senses of sight, sound, touch, taste and smell.

Friendship

Friendship is vital to life.

Moving around a lot in my life, I formed some habits in making friends.

I often looked for those who seemed as out of place as I felt, and I usually made about one close friend wherever I located.

Birthday

My birthday is just around the corner.

I am excited to remember the precious years the Lord has given me to live on this earth.

Many special memories come to mind.

When I lived down in Barnwell, a Christmas parade fell on my birthday two years in a row.

Greer’s parade comes the day before my birthday this year.

Thankful

One of my favorite Thanksgiving traditions is taking time to give thanks.

Growing up, we would often pause our feasting and fellowshipping in order to voice what we appreciate.

We would go around the table, and each of us would say something we are thankful for this year.

Security

With the recent shootings in the news, a question of security has arisen.

The latest target being a church has raised concerns about the open-door policies of many churches around the country.

As with most things, I think there needs to be a balance.

Time

With the recent time change and the approach of the holidays come reflections on the passing years.

The slowing of business to focus on giving often causes me to pause.

It is good to take time to remember what is most important, what will last beyond this life and what is worthy of our time.

Faithful

In a world of unfaithfulness, where can we find faithfulness?

These days, the news is filled with those who have committed sexual sins from celebrities to local leaders.

Each time I hear or read another account, my heart breaks.

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