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People Are Calling This ‘The Most Powerful Christmas Commercial Ever’

Christmas is a time we should spend with family and friends.

But we all have busy such lives. Sadly, that often mean we compromise the time we should be spending with our family. Maybe this is one of the reasons this advert left me in tears.  The advert’s narrative revolves around an old man whose family is always too busy to see him during the holidays.

Well, I don’t know if this is the most powerful Christmas commercial ever, but it’s definitely one of the most watched. The video has garnered over 51 million views on YouTube alone.

 

 

Brilliant father of the bride invites stepdad to help walk daughter down the aisle

Todd Bachman was ready to walk his daughter down the aisle. He also knew he couldn’t do it alone.

Bachman stopped daughter Brittany Peck’s wedding processional Saturday to request the presence of another crucial figure in Brittany’s life — her stepdad.

Father of the Bride

Bachman and Peck’s stepdad Todd Cendrosky have both played vital roles in Peck’s upbringing since she was 11 years old — so vital, in fact, that Brittany wasn’t sure who should walk her down the aisle.

Two weeks before the wedding, Peck was torn. “She called me and said ‘Dad, something’s bothering me,'” Bachman told the Chronicle-Telegram in Lorain County, Ohio.  Read more here.

 

 

Love Actually at Southampton Airport

Christmas can be an emotional time, catching up with family from far away lands.

Southampton Airport has made a video capturing people reuniting with their loved one.  It’s reminiscent of the famous blockbuster, Love Actually, as Hugh Grant opens the film with a voiceover and viewers see people crying and embracing in Heathrow Airport:

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Do We Have To Pick Between Church and Family?

Bob Johnson blogs:

Seventeen years ago I went on a two-week trip to India and Korea to teach in a Bible college and some churches. Security at the airport was not as tight pre-9/11, so my family accompanied me to the gate. As I left my wife and three young children in the midst of a Michigan winter, my youngest daughter cried out “NOOOOO!” so long and so loud that the echo followed me down the jet way into the plane itself. She wasn’t the only one who cried that day.

As I sat on the plane and tried to catch one last glimpse of them, I wondered, “What was I doing to my family? Was this trip really worth it? Was I right to do this? Couldn’t someone else have taught this course and preached these messages?” It was not the last time I would ask those questions.

Serving the church is not merely a job; it is an all-consuming responsibility that can threaten a family. The emergency hospital trips and the frantic calls from a heartbroken spouse never come when you are sitting at home, caught up on your to-do list, bored stiff, and hoping for a crisis to break the monotony. For most of us, our bodies may be home, but our full attention is slow to arrive.

There are always more visits to schedule, more people to counsel, more calls to make, more meetings to attend, more functions to pray at, more books to read, more emails to answer, more blogs to write (and read), more classes to take and teach, more work for the sermon(s), more degrees to finish or pursue, more, more, more, meaning that your family will get less, less, less. How many times have you come home late knowing that while you were trying to save your church, your wife was left alone trying to save your kids?

Can we really be effective pastors and good husbands and dads? Do we really have to choose between the church and our family?

Read the rest here.