Remember the road to the cross

Easter is a reminder of the seriousness of the One who came to take our place. The road to the cross was paved with excruciating pain, and it was also paved with extreme love. God’s wonderful plan to save man had to be the sinless Christ for man’s sacrifice. Can you imagine the pain, the […]

In search of ponies: Pet adoptions work both ways

Sharna Johnson What does a three-legged cattle dog have in common with two purebred divas wearing $100 Coach collars? New homes, that’s what. This week two of my friends did something completely unexpected. They adopted dogs. Now why was this unexpected, you may ask. Well, because both are single ladies with extremely busy lives that […]

Anniversaries —

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Sercey On March 4, James and Martha Sercey celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. When they met, James Franklin Sercey was stationed at Cannon Air Force Base and Martha Anna Drager was attending school in Bovina, Texas. It wasn’t long before they were happily married at the First Presbyterian Church on Pile Street in Clovis. Their […]

Love takes time, effort to last

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always […]

Grace in winning important lesson

We humans feel we need ceremonies and symbols, some more elaborate than others. When we marry, we have a ceremony during which words are spoken, and among Christians they invariably involve the three main Christian directives: Faith, hope and charity (love), the greatest being love. Symbols of the love are exchanged — before witnesses. I […]

Love comes straight from heart of God

Military mama: Facebook opens doors for friendships

I love hearing from readers, it makes me happy to know that I’m not just spilling my guts with no one taking any note. Your friend requests on Facebook and stopping me in the store just to say “hi” make my day. I did meet my first “fan.” I say that, only because that’s how […]

Home built on love can weather any storm

Joan Clayton Build your house with love and joy that leads to peace. Even through trials and problems, God, who is honored, will never leave your house. A home committed to God has happy hearts. When storm clouds come to this house, let singing break forth. Acknowledging and depending on God preserves our earthly bodies […]

Price: Love-filled holidays myth for some

By Glenda Price: New Mexico columnist Most families make special arrangements to get together for Thanksgiving or Christmas. There’s a belief that family gatherings are joyous, love-filled events. Maybe not. I know one family that pretty much decided that love-filled stuff was a myth. The last such gathering they had, several years ago, left them […]

Holidays about embracing those you love

Freedom New Mexico The end-of-the-year holiday season is intended to be a celebratory time, but there are more than 12 days’ worth of issues, situations and pressures that increase stress levels for many people. Last week, a team of University of Missouri health experts offered some tips for coping with seasonal sourness to help, as […]

Local shops good place to find gifts

Clyde Davis With what do we give the ones we love, in this time and this place where there is so much economic turmoil — or is it inequality, or is it so much smoke and fuss over a normal situation? With what, at any rate, do we make a meaningful impact on someone’s Christmas, […]

Love makes best gift

Our first newlywed Christmas happened in a “mansion.” (We thought.) My husband, Emmitt, had just finished his tenure in the Army. We lived in “Vetville,” rows of army barracks converted to apartments. They housed World War II veterans for $25 a month. Everyone seemed to be in the same boat … going to school on […]

Libertarianism true love of freedom

How does a kid grow up in a deeply conservative background, and become libertarian? Probably by taking those teachings to heart and realizing there can be no double standards without compromising the principles he was taught. By internalizing the lesson that if someone is doing something you believe they shouldn’t be doing — unless they […]

Birthdays —

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Gonzales [image #1, align=right, size=medium] Eloy Gonzales will celebrate his 75th birthday Nov. 23, 2010. We love you Tata, from Josh, Joseph, Jason, Jordan and Eloise. Have a wonderful 75th birthday. —Submitted by Joshua Castillo

Be thankful to be alive

If I had never been born, I would not have known the joy of falling in love. I would not have known the meaning of unselfishness, sacrifice or consideration for the needs of others. I would never have experienced that special kind of love motherhood brings…a special feeling of pride for three wonderful sons. I […]

God’s love always present

Joan Clayton I watched the nurse who had much compassion. She had work to do as she completed her charts, writing with a pen. Yet she had time to hold an elderly man’s hand with her other hand. As she wrote her reports for a weary day, she never left his hand. The man held […]

In Search of Ponies: Unorthodox relationship good for both parties

Sharna Johnson Ah, Moses and Jael, now their’s was a love like none other. It was an arranged relationship, born of necessity and convenience. It didn’t start with a spark or a glance across the room that stirred butterflies into action. In all reality, the dainty, leggy blond suffering from depression and the small dark […]

Op Love captures memories

Portales resident Nikki Penny and her daughter, Haley Penny, look through photos at their home. Three local photographers are preserving moments for local military families through a program called Operation: Love ReUnited. The non-profit is made up of photographers nationwide who donate sessions and albums to soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who are deploying for […]

Birthdays — Sept. 19

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Green [image #3, align=right, size=medium] Bishop W. C. Green, pastor of First Church of God in Christ (3400 Vinton Street), celebrated his 80th birthday on Sept. 14. His wife, Angie L. Green, his family, and his church family wish him a happy belated birthday. We love and appreciate you.

I can’t help but ‘fall’ in love

The days may still be hot, but have you noticed the nights are beginning to cool down? I love to feel the crisp early mornings. My yard seems to say, “Come look at me. I am putting on my best show.” Leaves have begun to drop, and flowers are blooming with enormous beauty. Even my […]