My Christmas Thoughts

        Harvey County might be small, and perhaps we are not that sophisticated, but my heart aches for those who do not hope and pray for a life of grace and dignity for all people.  To me they are as cynical as the mean people what dissed Santa Clause to little Virginia years ago. 

        I realize all your little friends will not believe in Harvey County.  To them I harbor no hate or ill will, but I do ask they listen to the music of Darin and Brooke Aldridge, or read the work of Dr. Tommy Bibey, then open their hearts and try to understand.   Here in Harvey County we believe if humans pray hard and do their best they can overcome hatred and prejudice. 

        There is a better way in this world than hard-hearted and greedy.  It will all be perfect in Eternity, but I believe we do not have to wait till then to at least try to approximate the love God offers us.

                All the best and Merry Christmas,

Dr. B

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16 Comments on “My Christmas Thoughts”

  1. Martin Waddell Says:

    It’s nice to be the first to respond to your Christmas thoughts, Dr T! Very moving, and very, very true. Hope you and your family, friends and neighbours have a truly blessed and happy Christmas – dare say you’ll be fitting in a little bluegrass somewhere along the way?

    • drtombibey Says:

      Martin,

      Oh yes sir, no doubt. My boy is a paramedic and has to work today so our family Christmas won’t start until tomorrow, but we’ll have music for sure.

      A blessed Christmas your way too my friend. Let’s pray for peace all year long.

      Dr. B

  2. Mrs. Chili Says:

    Doc, add my wishes to yours. If we get enough of us working for peace and demonstrating compassion, maybe it’ll catch on.

    Merry Christmas, and love to you and yours.

    Always,

    Chili

    • drtombibey Says:

      Bless your heart chili. May you continue on in your work, difficult though it may be. You might not reach all your students but if you touch a few you’ve done what you can to make your corner of the world a little better. God bless the teachers.

      Dr. B


  3. Dr. Tom, Harvey County sounds a lot like Digby County and I carry it in my soul even though I’m a cynic. Life in this world can be so overwhelming at times and the burdens many carry are at times too heavy to bear, but yes, love and hope are really all that matters. Dr. Tom, I’m on here for such a short time today as I’ve got a turkey to cook, but I chose to comment on only one blog, yours. From my family to yours Dr. Tom, may you all have a memorable and loving Christmas and an even more splendid New Year. You truly do have a special place here on the web and your writing is original and much needed in the world.

    • drtombibey Says:

      Val,

      Even though you live far far away, I find you are Harvey County at heart just as sure as I am. I too know there is plenty in this world to be cynical about and yet like you I hold to hope.

      All the best holiday to your and yours and watch out for the ice or any of those moose on the roads up there.

      Dr. B


  4. Merry Christmas Dr. B to you and yours. Prayer is the powerful thing. Love life. Live life. Be happy. Be blessed.

    Julie and family.

  5. Fiona Skye Says:

    What a beautiful sentiment, Dr B – one that I try to live every day and one that I try to teach my kids, too. I may be a cynical idealist, but I have enough hope left that eventually, humanity will realise its potential and treat each other the Right Way.

    Merry Christmas!

    • drtombibey Says:

      Fiona,

      Isn’t it strange how most of humanity can see it right here at Christmas but often forget early in the year?

      I’d like to see peace hold out at least till tax time and would prefer much longer.

      Dr. B

  6. Felix Miller Says:

    Thank you for your Christmas message, Dr. B. Our Christmas has started well, and thoughts like yours chime with ours. Children, grandchildren and far-flung family, all connecting in person or otherwise make us appreciate the meaning of the season.

    “…to approximate the love God offers us.”

    You summed it up so well. We have so much love to measure up to, even when it seems difficult.

    May we all live in our own Harvey County, and welcome others in. Thanks to you for your writing, and for refreshing my appreciation for bluegrass.

    • drtombibey Says:

      Felix,

      Always good to hear from you my friend, and here’s to a wonderful Christmas.

      A major reason Harvey County is such a place of grace is because of the music we all love.

      Dr. B

  7. Smitty Neuse River President Mississippi Says:

    Doc, Merry Christmas,cold down here,wind blowing,had to go and get one of the shepards out of the pasture next door. It feels more like Christmas when it is cloudy and cold.

    We will meet out at the cabin tonight and word is out to bring your strings…………. Breakfast at Mom and Dads, rest a little bit and on to the next.God is so good…….

    • drtombibey Says:

      Merry Christmas to Mississippi Smitty,

      I love Mississippi; lots of good folks from there. How ’bout this one from Jerry Clower?

      Q: “What kinda cologne do you wear?”
      A: “Why we just slosh on whatever our young’uns give us for Christmas.”

      Y’all have a fine holiday, and pick one for me.

      Dr. B

  8. newt221 Says:

    The power of prayer is a magical thing. It can move mountains. But….we humans who “believe” need to do our part also. As one of my friends says…”If you ask God to help you move a mountain, you better bring a shovel.”

    Thanks for the uplifing words. We all need to keep our prayers going.

    • drtombibey Says:

      Cindy,

      Amen, kid. Tell you what. You pray I’ll heal up all my patients and I’ll pray God sends you a backhoe instead of a shovel so you can scoop away all of life’s s#!^ in one fell swoop. We all gotta hold to a dream of a better year in 2010.

      Dr. B


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