The Shepherds…we think we know their story. Lived on the fringes, outside of town, somewhat dirty and smelly. Probably considered ‘ceremonially unclean’ by the religious people of the day. Yet, it was to the shepherds that the angels appeared to announce Christ’s birth! What did they do? The scripture says that they said “Let’s goContinue reading “The Shepherds’ Reaction”
The Hymns of Christmas can express the longing of our hearts in a deep, moving way. Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus was another Charles Wesley hymn, and it expresses our desire that Jesus would come to the world…and to our own lives. This time, just listen, take in the words, and pray as you are ledContinue reading “The Longing…”
Christmas Carols–one of my favorite parts of the holiday season! In our family, we have a tradition that we can’t really start listening to them until after Thanksgiving. (I should say that I, MYSELF have grown up with that tradition, and like it…but many of my family like listening to radio stations that play ‘allContinue reading “Hark!”
Do you ever wonder what it was like on the first Christmas night? The town of Bethlehem must have been unusually crowded. After all, it wasn’t that big, but with the Decree of Ceasar Augustus, everyone had to go to the town of his ancestors to register for a census, and that meant that MANYContinue reading “Don’t Sleep Through Christmas!”
In the Christmas Classic, “A Charlie Brown Christmas”, the main character, Charlie, is having a tough time figuring out what Christmas is all about. He gets very little help from his trusty dog, Snoopy, who finds a “Super-Colossal Lights and Decorating Contest’ to enter. Snoopy wants to win “money, money, money”, and who can blameContinue reading “Gone Commercial!”
Unofficial poll: How do you feel about your alarm clock? So many times I’m having a nice dream, snug and warm in my bed, and BAM! It goes off, 5:30am is here! Even as a ‘morning’ person, I don’t want to hear it! But it’s not the alarm clock’s fault…after all, I SET IT! Why?Continue reading “Rise and Shine!”
I hope you had a great Halloween! I saw lots of great costumes, cute kids, and parents spending time with them–which is a good thing! Today is historically called “All Saints Day’ in the Church, and I was thinking about that recently. Let’s be honest…there are some ‘special days’ in the Church that seem questionable…likeContinue reading “We are SURROUNDED!”
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