When I was a child, our phone rang late one fall evening, and the man on the other end of the phone explained that his name was Joe and that he and
Otis Norman Shands Jr., 96, a key figure in the peaceful desegregation of Atlanta Public Schools in 1961 and a resident of The Baptist Home in Chillicothe, Mo., died at home on Dec. 17.
Just a child, Tony's "giving" in the small church's Christmas pageant taught adults that their willingness to "live the story" throughout the year really does make a difference in someone's life.
Christmas is a reminder that the Christ child has always had a witness — even prior to his birth. The prophets of old foretold his coming in remarkable detail hundreds of years before his birth-appearance into the family of simple people in a rather common