Light and Glory shone Around Them!


Nearby shepherds were living in the fields, guarding their sheep at night. The Lord’s angel stood before them, the Lord’s glory shone around them, and they were terrified. The angel said, “Don’t be afraid! Look! I bring good news to you—wonderful, joyous news for all people…” – Luke 2:8-10

This morning is the beginning of one of those, “No way I’m getting everything on my list done!” days. For around a second and a half, maybe two, I panicked. Then I realized I never get everything done anyway, why would this be any different? And of course Christmas will come and family will arrive and it’s all good so why worry?

But I can save a few precious minutes this morning by saving my words and loading up some photography.

Art at the speed of light


As you know (if you have read me at all) I am fascinated by light. A photograph is, simply, a product of light. Or, as a coffee mug I have puts it, “Photography is art at the speed of light.” Maybe that’s why Christmas decorations are so engaging, it’s the interaction between light and story.

The story of Christmas is the story of light coming into this world, light and grace and truth and love, so much love.

Enjoy these photos, taken around our home yesterday evening. I pray they speak to you of the healing, grace-filled, light-saturated promise that is the birth of Jesus.




Christmas photogrpahy The Manger The Meaning the message The Messiah The Story

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Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at, and there’s always something new in the works.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.

Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.

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