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                               What do you think? Is the glass half-empty or half-full? Many would say it’s half-empty or more, given the uncertainty going on in the world today.
victorious over all that would destroy us. Even death is destroyed by this love. The One who did this, we know as Jesus. And no one life has so trans- formed this world like His. God taking human form.
However, because of my faith, I believe the glass is half-full and always has been full of life. But because
we people don’t ever really “have it together,” and are finite, limited, and broken in one way or another, the glass remains half-empty – at least from a human standpoint.
Which brings me to December 2020. A time to remember the light in the darkness. Life in this world will always have its darkness, but there is always the light of this one life for all people. And the really good news is that this light shines forever in the darkness, giving direction and hope to a world that seems too sin-filled at times.
MATTERS
Rev. Dr. James Gysel, Special to Senior Times A PART OF THE LIGHT
“The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.” John 1:4-5
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   But there’s still life. There’s still hope. Babies are still being born. Life- giving oxygen is still being produced by the planet. Hope for a vaccine of COVID-19 virus is very close now with Pfizer reporting as I write this, that their vaccine is 90% effective. So there’s light at the end of the tunnel of a pandemic. A pandemic that we never thought would happen in our lifetimes.
So there is hope we can embrace even now... especially now.
 The truth is that you are alive and reading these words, and your little life matters in the big picture more than you will ever know. The theological way to say this is that, “You matter to God.”
There’s a task you and I have to communicate that hope, through words of encouragement, giving to those needing help, and telling some- one dear that they matter to you and they matter to God.
 The Biblical record tells us that God is Love. And that he so much loved
the world that he was willing to give himself literally in human form and be
Remember you’re empowered in all these good things by the One who is on your side and the Light of the World!
So do your small part and remember that you by faith are a part of that light.
Faithfully yours, Jim Gysel
   Fight Off the Virus with Your Health
By: Troy Huggett
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                Let’s face it, today more than ever, health is a topic of concern. We take precautions to avoid exposure to others and to mitigate our risk of contracting coronavirus by wearing masks, social distancing, staying home, and following guidelines and protocols when out in public.
dehydrated which means that they are not drinking enough water throughout the day. And since thirst often feels like hunger we find ourselves reaching for
a snack when it’s actually thirst that’s simply disguising itself as hunger. This leads to regrettable food decisions throughout the day – and all of the undesirable calories add up and work against your body fat and energy levels.
We do this because we don’t want to get ourselves or others sick.
Furthermore, dehydration slows down body functions – including your metabolism. It's been reported that 75% of people suffer from chronic dehydra- tion, which leaves the body vulnerable to weight gain, illness, injury, and fur- ther increases the risk of contracting any number of viruses.
 What is health? To have good health is to be free of illness or inju- ry, to be able to adequately cope with the demands of life, and to maintain a state of equilibrium with yourself and your environment.
 There is a connection between healthy eating and good health. By sticking to a low-sugar, high-protein, high-fiber diet you will take measurable strides towards claiming better health. This means having a stronger immune system that’s ready and able to fight off viruses.
Our body systems work together diligently to maintain a healthy human body – and all the systems rely on proper food intake and hydration to deliver vitamins, nutrients, and minerals to stay healthy and recover quickly.
One of the factors that influences our health the most is diet. The foods that you eat make a measurable impact on the condition of your health. By eat- ing healthy, wholesome, and nutritious foods you give your body the building blocks it needs to fortify healthy cells and smooth bodily functions.
Food that’s untouched and unpro- cessed is always going to be the health- iest. See how many real, whole foods you can fit into your diet, while cutting out the packaged foods. You’ll be pleas- antly surprised how quickly your body transforms when you eat food prepared the way nature intended.
 Just as important are the things
that we avoid eating as part of our
diet, refined sugars being the deadli- est. Additives, processed ingredients, unhealthy fats, and unnatural sugars are problems for our bodies to flush out the best it can. Too much of these harmful items result in extra weight, clogged arteries, and decreased ability to regu- late blood sugar.
When we are in a state of good health our quality of life increases dramatically. We are able to utilize our bodies without pain, experience natural energy, and enjoy feelings like joy and happiness.
 In addition to our food choices, it
is important to intentionally hydrate your body. Most people are chronically
So please add good health to your list of reasons for getting into great shape and instilling healthy eating hab- its to last you a lifetime.
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