From the Trenches
by Lee Kiblinger
A few months ago we announced a writing contest for Veritas Press moms. Entrants were given the topic “From the Trenches”and told to put their own spin on it. After sifting through excellent writing and clever takes on the topic, we are pleased to share with you the winning submission, written by Lee Kiblinger of Tyler, Texas. Enjoy!
Resting in the aged moat of the Tower of London castle this year sit 888,246 hand-made poppies. It is breathtaking. A bath of blood red covers what once were the waters upon which William the Conqueror established his reign. These poppies commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Great War, and each poppy represents one soldier who gave his life for Britain. My family has just returned from London, and I still recall the vivid moat with both awe and solemnity.
What You Give Away You Keep
“What you hold onto, you lose, but what you give away, you keep.” I’ve been repeating this mantra since my pastor used it in a sermon a couple months ago. What he meant was that the material things that we collect end up getting lost among our piles of more things, while the things we give away, whether it be time, money, or goods, we remember and keep in our hearts.
From Saint to Santa Suit
by Asher Donohue
Everyone has heard of Santa Claus, whether through the mall advertisements—“A visit from Saint Nicholas”—or any picture book about Christmas. But who is this man? Where did he come from? Did he always have that round belly and red suit? It is intriguing to find out where this myth came from and how over thousands of years, St. Nicholas became a jolly man with an excellent belly laugh. It is a very topsy-turvy, twisting tale that has years and years of history behind it.
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