- When I go to church once a week at the same time, my neighbors know that I'm going to church every Sunday. This is a way to share my faith.
- Even when I'm really busy, I want to let God know that I'm taking time out of my busy life to worship him.
- Positive and/or negative events are always happening, so I'm thankful to be in an environment that can help me to pray.
- Church is always a positive experience. I love the music, prayers, and the sermon, which all help me to learn something new every Sunday.
- Supporting one or more churches is important, so the services done at churches can help people who want to get married, people who need a minister to conduct a funeral service, people who need prayer, and/or people who need other kinds of help.
I love to go to church nearly every Sunday for these reasons:
Every Christmas, I especially love to think about my Lord and Savior: Jesus Christ. Because of His sacrifice, many Christians have been given eternal lives. People might ask me how I know this to be true. My answer is that, for many reasons, I know there's a very loving and helpful Christian God. To be with God for eternity means to be in heaven, which will be wherever God is located.
"A Forevergreen Christmas" is the poem on page 89 of Karen Petit's book of poetry: Holidays Amaze, published in 2018 by WestBow Press. A larger version of this poem is included in the blog for Holidays Amaze (http://www.holidaysamaze.com/holiday-blog).
I often tell people that I don't just believe in God, I know there's a God. I've often asked myself how do I really know there's a God? Here are some of the many reasons why I know this to be true:
Holidays Amaze has four prayer poems, including "A Prayer Poem on the National Day of Prayer," "A Prayer Poem on Memorial Day," "Many Good Thanks: A Prayer Poem," and "A Prayer Poem at a Wedding." "Many Good Thanks: A Prayer Poem" was initially published on my "Many Good Thanks" blog page for Mayflower Dreams; this poem is still online with other Thanksgiving items at: http://www.mayflowerdreams.com/blog.
Holidays Amaze also has prayers and references to praying in some of its other poems. For example, "A Maze Poem: A Maze of Choices for New Year's Day" has these lines in one of the maze's boxes on page 8:
"God always answers
all of our prayers,
so praying can help
with our lives' repairs."
In reality, God always has answered my prayers. He answers them in the way that He thinks is appropriate, which is sometimes in the way that I request and at other times in a slightly different way. Whatever happens, though, I am always thankful to have my prayers heard and answered.
Especially on this Thanksgiving Day,
I'll enjoy the chance to read and to pray.
The blog entries on my five different book websites are often connected to each other, so I'll be posting this blog entry on all five of my book websites to illustrate one example of the many connections that I often see between my books and their content.
Many miracles have happened in my life, as well as in the lives of many other people. When my children were young, I had very little money. Thankfully, I was getting help from many of my friends and relatives, as well as from the welfare and food-stamp systems. One day, I had no money, no food stamps, and not enough food. I prayed. When I walked outside, a twenty-dollar bill flew through the air and landed at my feet. I looked all around, but there were no people nor cars close enough to have lost the money. I was able to immediately pick up the money and take my kids grocery shopping.
Other blogs on my book websites include content about sharing faith. My "Many Good Thanks" blog (www.mayflowerdreams.com/blog), for example, has a prayer poem and other content about being thankful to God. There are also some Thanksgiving bible verses, and a Thanksgiving poem is connected to the Pilgrims.
The photo in the blog entry on this page is a photo that I took of the Mayflower II, in Plymouth, MA. This photo also appears on page 310 and in the cover design of Unhidden Pilgrims.
The second edition of Banking on Dreams was published by WestBow Press in October 2017. For this new edition, I added four photos, included connections to the American dream, changed a few items, and added more Christian content. The added Christian elements included multiple bible verses. For example, page 76 of Banking on Dreams, second edition, has this verse: "For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself'" (Gal. 5:14 NRSV). After this verse is quoted by Lisa, who is the novel's protagonist, discussion happens about people doing volunteer work in order to love and to help others.
Mayflower Dreams has a protagonist who is always late. She has problems living in the present; she also enjoys connecting with her ancestors within her dreams and her reality. The clock in the cover design of Mayflower Dreams suggests these and other time symbolic elements of this historic Christian novel.
While Dr. Karen Petit is usually early or on time for everything, she knows what it's like to live a very busy life. She is the author of four novels and usually works fifty-five hours per week as the Writing Center Coordinator and an adjunct faculty member at the Community College of Rhode Island. She also has been doing volunteer work at her church and other places.
Because of Petit's busy schedule, for decades, she has been carefully scheduling in time to worship her God, She wants to make certain that she has the time to attend church every Sunday, pray at least once a day, and read the bible at least once a day. She believes that spending an hour a week in church and a few minutes every day praying and reading the bible have been helping her to live a more positive life. She also feels that the number one priority in her life is to schedule in some time to worship the God who has given her such a wonderful life.
"The Strength of Faith" is one of the chapters in Unhidden Pilgrims. While dreaming, Heidi (the protagonist) talks with the "Faith" statue, which is the name of the figure on the top center section of the National Monument to the Forefathers in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Here is a small part of the Heidi-and-Faith conversation from page 142 of Unhidden Pilgrims:
Faith raised her Bible upward and opened it while saying, “The Bible tells us a lot about faith. One of my favorite verses says, ‘Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen’ (Heb. 11:1 NRSV).” Heidi thought for a few seconds and then said, “I like that definition of faith.”
“Are you convinced there’s a God?”
“Yes, I am. I know there’s a God,” Heidi said.
“How do you know?”
“Even though I’ve never seen him, I’ve seen a lot of his miracles.” Heidi thought briefly before adding, “I’ve also seen evidence of his presence in the Bible, in the wonders of our world, and in the many good deeds that some people do.”
Dr. Karen Petit is the author of Banking on Dreams, Mayflower Dreams, Roger Williams in an Elevator, Unhidden Pilgrims, and Holidays Amaze. She is thankful to God for the many miracles in her life.