Category Archives: Christmas

No Room … at the Halfway House

December 19, 2018

I’m sure you know the story. A young, poor couple, the girl pregnant yet a virgin, traveling on their way to register for a census. The days were completed.  The time had come for the baby–announced by an angel and prophesied long before–to be born. They couldn’t find housing, so she gave birth in a […]

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Into a Dark World, Light

December 11, 2018

December is a month of waiting. If you’re young, you wait for Santa to come. If you’re a sun-seeker, you wait for the days to grow longer again. If you’re a Christ-follower, you wait for the coming (the advent) of the Christ child. While you wait, you are anything but passive. You don’t sit, bored, […]

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In Darkness and Silence, Hope

December 22, 2017

Advent is a time to wait. We wait, expectantly. We hope, even in the darkness. Especially in the darkness. During the 400 years of silence between the Old and New Testaments, the people trusted despite the hopelessness of their suffering. They couldn’t see a way out, but God saw them. His gaze penetrated the murkiness. […]

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My Unusual Christmas Ornament

December 5, 2016

I love collecting unique Christmas ornaments, especially international ones. This year I treated myself to the most unusual one yet. I bought a brass menorah. And I’m not Jewish. For many years now, I’ve wanted to find out more about Old Testament traditions. What better time to do that than this season, when Hanukkah and […]

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Listen and Watch

December 21, 2015

One night, over 2,000 years ago, some shepherds near Bethlehem did what came natural for them. The evening began as any other ordinary night. They stood guard over their flocks in the fields. Even after God had called Israel’s greatest king ever out of the sheep folds, shepherds were still viewed as one of the last in […]

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