Life Is A Feast

     Christmas, is a time to celebrate with friends and family  and wishing for all, love and joy, hope and happiness in His name.  Then comes the New Year with more parties and more good times, and the resolutions that we make for the coming year on how to improve our life and be a better person in some way. But, something may be missing, during all of those festivities, the old and dear friends, who are no longer able to be here with us to share in our joy and yet whom we will never forget. Then,  for whatever reason, there are those with whom we are just no longer friends, and deep down, especially during this season, we miss them too. You can never have too many friends, but when in need, you’ll know when you have too few. Sadder still, is the fact that in many cases this animosity extends to family members as well, we have all heard of the feuds or hateful words spoken between “flesh and blood” and  the oaths to never speak again. It’s CHRISTMAS, c’mon, remember the happier times, pick up the phone..Someone has to be the first,  and if nothing comes of it, someone tried, let it be you. 

     I have a wonderful loving family,  and so perhaps I don’t know what it is like to go through a situation like that, and maybe it is too easy for me to “preach” because I have not experienced it. But, I have a friend or two that I have lost contact with and haven’t spoken with in a long time, really close friends and barely a few miles away… I will take my own advice and reach out to them before this Christmas is through… Someone has to be the first…

     Please enjoy,




 Precious and dear,

are family and friend,

and not until, they’ve vanished,

do we remember,

that life is a feast,

and now, they’ve left us famished.


 And pity more so,

the feuding ones,

who, from their lives, they’ve banished.

Let the olive’s branch,

extend to those,

before the permanence, of damage.


Jack Downing

                                                                           Feb. 2011

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Hearth and Health are wonderful things and if you're without either such sorrow that brings So I cannot express enough thanks to my Lord and to my family and friends for the support you afford! ~Jack Downing~
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6 Responses to Life Is A Feast

  1. Michael says:

    Jake, Wishing you a Merry Christmas. Appreciate your kind thought. Best Regards. !!!

    • And to you and yours Michael,with the happiest of New Years as well. Though judging from your post today,2011 has done very well by you.. Continued good fortune my friend.


  2. yearstricken says:

    Good words of advice. Life is too short to carry bitterness and resentment in our hearts. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Jake.

    • I thank you for your Christmas and New Year wishes, and of course I extend the same to you and your family. I also want to thank you for your blog.. as you may be able to tell from my verbose comments, I enjoy it immensely. You have a talent for story telling and your humor is outrag..superb. Thanks again, Ms. Yearstruck/ Yearstricken?

  3. Michael says:

    Thanks Jake.

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