Category: Christmas

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Wednesday 14th December 2011

God-Bumps & God-Incidences: A Very Mary Christmas

God-Bumps & God-Incidences: A Very Mary Christmas

Feet dangling in patent-leather, I sat on the polished pew while the Christmas pageant director assigned parts. I held my breath, waiting as she called names. I dreaded this moment, for I knew I’d be instructed to serve as a sheep or cow. Each year, she would assure us that those lowing, humble ...

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Wednesday 12th January 2011

I’m with the Band (Now if I Just Knew the Notes!)

I'm with the Band (Now if I Just Knew the Notes!)

This world is God’s gift to playful, daring hearts. But I’ve often convinced myself that I’m getting too old to play. I tell myself I’ll get hurt if I try, or I might embarrass myself. Or I might fail. But these days — just shy of my 39th birthday — I’m ...

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Monday 27th December 2010

What It Means To Wear the Cross

What It Means To Wear the Cross

My sister-in-law handed me a tiny box. Her anticipating eyes — wide, bright — told me this was a gift I’d love. I peeled back the wrapping paper. Inside: a necklace with an amethyst cross under beveled glass. I held it in my hands, grateful. I turned it over and over and over ...

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Friday 24th December 2010

When The Time Had Fully Come

When The Time Had Fully Come

You could have come in 2010. Television producers could have broadcast your birth via the CNN ticker. “This just in: Reports of Bright Lights over Bethlehem!” Newspaper editors could have run headlines in 72-point type: “Angels declare: Savior is here!”Like modern-day ...

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Monday 20th December 2010

What Is It About Christmas in Iowa?

What Is It About Christmas in Iowa?

I can pinpoint the exact moment when I stumbled onto Christmas. As usual, the moment wasn’t strung in lights or wrapped in shiny paper. I didn’t find it under a prelit tree, or on my iPod or out on the Information Superhighway. Rather, I found Christmas just off a quiet country road near our ...

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Friday 17th December 2010

Does Santa Believe in Jesus? I Called To Find Out.

Does Santa Believe in Jesus? I Called To Find Out.

We don’t have billboards here in Inwood. But we do have a barrel in the middle of Main Street that announces potlucks, soup suppers, the bank’s open-house celebrations. Yesterday, the biggest news of the day was written in three-inch-tall Sharpie letters: “Santa Claus — ...

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Wednesday 15th December 2010

Not Too Late To Start Advent (Plus a Christmas Video from our Family)

Not Too Late To Start Advent (Plus a Christmas Video from our Family)

The mailman kicks through the knee-high snowdrift to deliver the package to the front door. His words meet Iowa air in crisp puffs. “I’ll need you to sign for this,” he says, pressing a pen into my hand. Ink freezes, but I scratch through, etching a name on paper. Could this ...

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Monday 13th December 2010

From Throne to Barn

From Throne to Barn

God did the unthinkable, the absurdly beautiful. The One who wraps Himself in light made a game-changing move toward darkness. He traded Heaven for a womb. Rather than live without us forever, He’d rather live like us for a little while. Step by step, across the throne room, He moved ...

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Friday 10th December 2010

All I Want For Christmas Is …

All I Want For Christmas Is ...

We don’t find Christmas Joy in things. We find it in us. Let’s unwrap this real joy, shall we? Let’s think outside the box. Because of all the presents,Christ’s presence shimmers most. Have a joy-filled weekend,remembering that the very best Gift resides within us.

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