Charlie’s Unexpected Blessing

Charlie’s Unexpected Blessing

By Ralphine Major “I was totally surprised when I got my orders and found out I was going to Salzburg, Austria. I had to look on a map to see where it was located!” he said. “That was the beginning of a beautiful journey of a lifetime,” he added. Charlie Lovell was drafted into the […]

Where’s Rudolph?

By Ralphine Major The look on her face was one of pain and distress. Her hands clutched her stomach. We thought she was ill. Many years ago, mother and I had nursery duty during worship service. The group of three-year-old children looked adorable in their Christmas outfits and eyes full of wonderment. The class had […]

Historic WIldfires

By Ralphine Major It is a place loved by people all over the world. Nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains is Gatlinburg, a resort where millions go to hike, shop, or just enjoy the beauty of the mountains. For several days, the Sevier County area has been in the headline news of the national media […]

Giving the Gift of Memories

By Ralphine Major They are considered some of the most treasured pieces of our lives.  Whenever a disaster strikes, they are the one thing we hope to retrieve.  Family photos.  A talented and independent mission group called “Crosslight” is helping to provide those precious pictures for many families who might not otherwise be able to […]

Thanksgiving in our hearts

By Ralphine Major It is the day set aside to feast with family and give thanks.  Pilgrims, pumpkin pie, and a platter of turkey can easily be overshadowed by the upcoming festivities of Christmas.  But, it is so important to take time from our hectic schedules and recognize the blessings from our Creator. Our country […]

Voting and Veterans

By Ralphine Major As I pen this column, two major events of the week weigh on my mind—voting and veterans.  It is quite interesting to note how closely the two are related. Americans have just elected a new president to lead our country for the next four years.  It is the civic duty of every […]

One Nation Under God

By Ralphine Major “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”  Isaiah 40:31 (KJV). Perhaps in these last days leading up to Election Day in America, we can draw inspiration […]

A Fall Pause

By Ralphine Major I paused for a moment when I saw it.  The simple beauty of a church steeple wrapped in an early morning fog slowed my work on a long list of things to do.  I marveled at its powerful and majestic impact as it towered toward the sky.  Even more amazing is the […]

Unforgettable Moments in a Young Family’s Life

By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com This column is a milestone—No. 300! In writing each week for the Focus, I have been so blessed to reconnect with “old” friends and meet new ones. A review of pending topics for my true, human-interest stories turned up another segment on the first dentist from Gibbs High School and his […]