Category: Christmas

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Tuesday 29th December 2009

Born to Die

Born to Die

My children get it — sometimes better than I get it. Christmas, they know, starts in that dirty, smelly stable but doesn’t end there. The manger would mean little without the stench and grime of the cross. They know, too, that the gift that cost Jesus everything is free for us. We. ...

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Monday 28th December 2009

Becoming a Part of the Story

Becoming a Part of the Story

We dropped into the Story, and we were changed.The text of the story — the living Word –is etched on our hearts.Yes, we put on the costumes, and posed and played the parts,but that was just what you could see through the camera lens. Because when the Word became flesh and dwelt ...

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Friday 25th December 2009

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 this year. As usual, the moment wasn’t strung in lights or wrapped in shiny paper. I didn’t find it under a pre-lit tree, or on my iPod or out on the Information Superhighway. Rather, I found Christmas 2009 just off a ...

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Thursday 24th December 2009

Seeing Was Believing

Seeing Was Believing

From Luke 2 (The Message) We continue to look at the Christmas story through photographs of my church family in Iowa. Click here to see the first piece of the story.*** About that time, Caesar Augustus ordered a census to be taken throughout the Empire. This was the first census when Quirinius ...

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Wednesday 23rd December 2009

He’s Almost Here

He's Almost Here

As Jesus People, we carry Christmas in us. We don’t have to look far to find The Way in a Manger. Jesus — the Way, the Truth and the Life — has found a home in us. We are His Christmas people who seek Him like shepherds and wise men chasing a moving, navigational star. […]

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Friday 18th December 2009

Late (But Right on Time)

Late (But Right on Time)

I study the Nativity and see myself in its characters: I’m the peasant girl on the fringe,who wonders: Dare I enter? I’m the breathless shepherd,brow still beaded with sweat from all the running. I’m the sheep,bleating in the presence of a newborn King. I’m ...

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Wednesday 9th December 2009

Taking Cover

Taking Cover

Ribbons of snow swirl across our harvested fields, and over these Iowa country roads. Our corner of this world is brush-stroked in white, until you can barely see where Earth’s curve meets winter sky. On this day, the world outside the glass shivers. Bunnies scamper and crisscross for ...

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Wednesday 2nd December 2009

Into the Holy of Holies

Into the Holy of Holies

Fontanini nativity characters take their places, arranged by wee fingers working quietly, reverently. I’m by the Christmas tree, untangling lights, but I overhear little-girl whispers. Lydia situates the angel at the top of the nativity; she scoots the donkey into his pen. “You can ...

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Monday 30th November 2009

A Safe Place to Hide

A Safe Place to Hide

She’s hunched over, embraced by prayer, and she knows she’s covered. There’s nothing magical about her prayer shawl. She knows she could talk to God without one — and she does. But like her mother, she finds comfort in the shadow of these wings. So we both lay ...

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Monday 29th December 2008

The Repairman Has Arrived

The Repairman Has Arrived

In a wooden pew, in the church where I grew up, I breathed in deeply the truth of Christmas: The wait is over. I feel that relief every year on Christmas Eve. You know the feeling: the joy-filled anticipation that began back when the first Advent candle was lit, when the first snow fell, when ...

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