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Who’s Sitting at Your Table This Christmas?

Who’s Sitting at Your Table This Christmas?

  I’ve always loved the Advent season. There is something uniquely special about preparing my heart and mind to celebrate the joy of Jesus’ birth and all that His life represents. This season can be exciting. It can even be enchanting. But one thing I’ve found over the years is that for most, myself included,

Between the Advents

Prepare for God’s arrival! Make the road straight and smooth, a highway fit for our God. Fill in the valleys, level off the hills, smooth out the ruts, clear out the rocks. Then God’s bright glory will shine and everyone will see it. Yes. Just as God has said. — Isaiah 40:3-5 MSG We often

And They Bowed Down and Worshiped Him

On coming to the house, they saw the Child with His mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped Him. Then they opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. — Matthew 2:11 NIV I’ve spent this morning wrapping presents. The sofa was blanketed in items awaiting my attention, and

A Bright Future

A Bright Future

Christmas is the time of year when you are actually excited for snow, cold, and all things made of wool. We have a Savior to celebrate and a house that smells like peppermint candles and cookies. Come February though you start to look and feel like a bloated version of Wendy Torrance from that Stephen

It’s the Waiting That Makes Us

We’ve all had to wait. This Advent comes at the tail end of long months of waiting for so many of us. As I assess my friends around me, many of us are waiting on more than merely the day when this virus no longer impacts everything. I, like you (I suspect), have a deeper

Making Memories

Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. — Luke 2:19 Each year during the holidays, our family pulls out the home movies, loads a bowl with truffle-salt popcorn, and settles in for our absolute favorite trilogy of the year: Honey, I Shrunk the Kids; Honey, I Blew Up the Kids;

The Jesus I Need

Are you thinking what I’m thinking? That given the events of the past year, Advent feels just a tiny bit misplaced? Global pandemic. Economic instability. Racial tension. Unending violence. The call to quiet myself and once more prepare for the coming of Jesus feels like something better suited for a time of greater peace. What

What’s Important This Christmas

Jesus said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. Only a few things are important, even just one. Mary has chosen the good thing. It will not be taken away from her.” — Luke 10:41-42 NLV I’m a Martha. I admit it. And never is my “Martha-ness” more apparent than

Stay Connected

I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. — John 15:5 Have you put up Christmas decorations yet? Twinkle lights are my favorite part. It makes me so happy to see all those bulbs

We Beheld His Glory

The True Gift of Christmas And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. — Luke 2:7 NKJV “Sorry we’re late,” Jessica said as she entered my home in a rush with her two boys.