Noteworthy

The Christmas Cake

I realized that he probably never had a perfect birthday cake (if they even did that in those days). Even his actual birthday was far from perfect…

To Grandmother’s House We Go

Now that I am a mother and am building my own Christmas traditions, I look back and know that all the small things matter.

Tis the Season…It is the Season!

Jolly is just another phrase for excited,  joyous, or anything that exudes happiness. We are in the holiday season, but it is not so for many.

The Christmas Story: Gabriel

They are the messengers of God visiting human beings with the knowledge of the mind of God. In the Gospels, they are vital to the ministry of Jesus.

In These Days

I allowed my fingers to trace her name. This woman was an important person in the history of our faith, and up until this morning, I had never heard of her.

The Gift of the Magi

They were the first to give Christmas gifts. Being wise, their gifts were doubtless wise ones. And here I have told you the story of two children who were not wise.

The Christmas Story: Mary

Mary thought of Joseph. She protested her innocence. “How can this be, since I do not know a man?”

The Miracle of Christmas

I thanked the Lord and kindly reminded Him of the promise He made me. I confidently assumed that we would have a girl on our next go-around.

Fröhlicher Nikolaustag

Nikolaustag refers to the remembrance of Sankt Nikolaus. Children place shoes outside their bedroom doors in ‘hopes’ that the saint will come around with goodies for them.

The Christmas Story: John

Her husband has regained his ability to speak and now he won’t stop. He is telling her, again, about that day at the Temple.

The Christmas Story: Elizabeth

Six months into Elizabeth’s pregnancy, her young cousin, Mary, came for a visit. Neighbors caught a glimpse of the older woman as Mary approached the house.

“Why are you single?”

I’m not offended anymore. But it’s something that unquestionably comes when I don’t have a picture of a boy to show them.

The Christmas Story: Emmanuel

If our possessions crowd every inch of space in the house, garage, and rented storage space, we can still see something we do not possess and long for it.

Intersecting Orbits

You can’t love from a distance. You have to get close. You have to open yourself up, you have to be real, and you have to SEE people.

The Christmas Story: Caesar

You came into a world as politically confusing as our world is today—yet You came and brought truth to those who heard You.

In Advent, We Remember

In Advent, we remember. We retell the very same story every year because there isn’t a better story to tell. The gospel is the greatest story ever told.

The Christmas Story: Incarnation

As we begin our journey through the Christmas story we must remember that, unlike Calvary, the Incarnation is not a “once and for all” truth.