The path to Christmas is seldom easy. We do not read of any who were present that day of Christ’s birth who found an easy way there. And sometimes our path to Christmas is more difficult than others.
This year is my turn at a difficult path to Christmas. Our first months after Pam’s death … Continue Reading
Glory. It’s a word we think we grasp without really plumbing its depths. I do not profess to know the depths of such a rich and meaningful term, and believe it will take lengths measured with an eternal calendar to fully understand it.
But “glory” and “Christmas” are closely tied. We cannot truly know one … Continue Reading
I wonder how many times along the way the wise men grew discouraged by their journey? “Following yonder star.” I tried to run the moon down the other night… the super moon. I saw it as I approached my neighborhood and chased quickly to a place where I could see it more clearly. But the … Continue Reading
A tent. A temporary, cloth or canvas fabric home, held together by stitches and poles, secured by stakes. A tent. Wrinkled, sometimes torn, seldom what we could refer to as “beautiful.” A tent. A place to live when you’re just passing through for a few days. A tent.
Exactly what was described when the Bible … Continue Reading
As we think about all the Christmas journeys that are described in the telling of the birth of Christ… the wise men, Mary and Joseph, the shepherds… we need to be careful that we not forget one important traveler who arrived that evening,
If we understand the Bible correctly, Jesus left Heaven approximately nine … Continue Reading
The shepherds who came that first, Christmas night deserve an honored place in our nativity scenes. It is through the shepherds that we can most easily find our place. It is hard for us to identify with a virgin mother who just gave birth… to the Son of God! It is difficult for us to … Continue Reading
No one was more excited to travel the evening of Christ’s birth than the shepherds. As the wise men, the chosen family and various travelers moved about that same evening, the shepherds “watched their flocks by night.” They were at their post. Boring jobs, low-paying work and largely unskilled laborers, most shepherds were nomadic drifters … Continue Reading
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light! Isaiah 9:2
I suppose, unless our eyes are limited, that we don’t spend a lot of time in the dark these days. No one enjoys walking into an unlit room, or out into a starless and black night. We are drawn to light.
And … Continue Reading
Advent is about waiting. Building anticipation. Looking forward to something better than we now have or than we now are. It is designed to formalize waiting. The little “Advent Calendar” clicks off each day building to Christmas morning.
I remember growing up, how the waiting began for me in September. The Sears Company, cruelly, sent … Continue Reading
The first Christmas shared by Mary and Joseph, some ragged shepherds and an angelic host, was anything but “calm and bright,” as we sing in our carol “Silent Night.” In fact, it was disruptive, inconvenient, uncomfortable and fraught with uncertainty. Jesus did not enter the world in the calm that we portray Christmas to be.… Continue Reading