My Christmas card list is in a book that is about eleven years old and the names and addresses were written in by my wife Sarah. Now that I am on my own the book comes out every December and at that point the sadness and memories return as I cross out those that have passed on during the last twelve months and reading through the list of those lost over the last ten years. I expect that many of us have a book like this, especially as the memory for addresses seems to get worse every year that passes.

I am a non-believer, but at this time I find my Bible tells it the way it is, the bible tends to do that, and I do consider that it is the finest book ever written that tells you how to live a good life. The part that I refer to is, Ecclesiastes 3:1 For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven: 3:2 A time to be born, And a time to die; Yes, those names in your book that now have a line drawn through them are the result of what is natural and must be, it's all right to be sad but you also have those good memories of those Christmas times in the past.

There just may be a book somewhere and the names that you have crossed out are written in as they are welcomed.