As we draw close to that big day, it’s easy to get busy with the parties, traditions, and gift buying that we just want to get it over and return to normal again. Normal, for many is too painful. You’re hoping that the tinsel and songs of the season may spark some excitement, but things have gotten too complicated. Work, a failed relationship, or the death of a loved one, Christmas just isn’t the same for you. I recently heard Wil Franco talk about what Christmas is ultimately all about. Wil Franco is the lead pastor at Mission Church Memphis, and he addresses the question, “What is Christmas All About?”
Author, Frances Marshall shares her life’s journey through her book, “Who Gave the Last Slap”? The book explores the themes of love, hate, loss, healing, and forgiveness. Frances grew up on a farm in Arkansas and witnessed the domestic violence her father took out against her mother. At twelve years of age, Frances convinced her mother to leave the trap of being verbally and physically abused. Moving to Memphis, Frances and her mother set out to rebuild their lives. Frances recalls being promoted to manager at a local Krystal Restaurant at the age of thirteen, after only working at the establishment for two weeks. Frances discovered through God, she was able to have the home she dreamed of when she met Bill Marshall and had a wonderful marriage together for fifty-three years. She hopes to encourage other women and men who are caught in an abusive relationship.
Delvit Rogers with Youth Villages will discuss National Adoption Month and often overlooked teenagers in the adoption process. If you’ve ever considered adoption as an option listen to this show. Youth Villages is a national leader in children’s mental and behavioral health committed to building strong families, delivering effective services, and significantly improving outcomes for children, families and young people involved in child welfare and juvenile justice systems across the country. Founded in 1986, the organization’s 4,000 employees help more than 39,000 children annually across the U.S.