J.D. Manders Faith, Family, and Faithful Service

  • Let’s Talk About It
    by jdmanders on January 11, 2022 at 7:38 pm

    I remember hearing a story about how German generals hated to talk to Adolph Hitler because he would always launch into lengthy diatribes about his own vision or views about warfare. He refused to listen when those more experienced brought him different opinions than he wanted to hear. In fact, everyone one who came to…

  • Remembering Auld Lang Syne
    by jdmanders on December 30, 2021 at 7:54 pm

    One of the most popular songs sung on New Year’s Eve is “Auld Lang Syne,” a Scottish phrase meaning “times long past.” The modern words are an adaption of a poem by the poet Robert Burns, set to the melody of a traditional Scottish folk song. Although many people sing it without having any idea…

  • A Silent Night
    by jdmanders on December 23, 2021 at 6:04 pm

    One of the things I most enjoy about Christmas Eve is that moment of silence before the carnage of presents, parties, and a parade of guests begins. Not that there isn’t a proper time for celebrations. There is a time for rejoicing as much as a time for mourning. Yet it is more often during…

  • The Christmas Truce
    by jdmanders on December 14, 2021 at 2:13 pm

    It is, perhaps, one of the most powerful images of war in history. I am speaking of the “Christmas Truce” of December 25, 1914. On this day, soldiers of opposing armies experienced the peace of Christmas. Perhaps the most detailed account of the event is Henry Weintraub’s Silent Night: The Story of the World War…

  • A Christmas Fairy Tale
    by jdmanders on December 6, 2021 at 2:02 pm

    One of the many Christmas traditions that our family adopted very early was attendance of the ballet, The Nutcracker. It started when a friend’s daughter performed it with her ballet company and asked us to come. We continued to go see it with our young children and went annually after they were grown. We have…