Patience can be the place where hope is born

One of my pet peeves about Christmas  in America is how we tend to go hard at the familiar story that plays out around the manger – or at least the classic tableau featured in Christmas cards – but then routinely ignore so many of the other interesting elements. It’s like how movie and television writers evidently believe the only hymn ever sung in church … Continue reading Patience can be the place where hope is born

Christmas Eve – so what do you really want under the tree?

I’m convinced that we are in danger of loosing the kind of quality of life that pretty much requires sacrifice and long-term anticipation. And without anticipation we begin to lose all the way around. Fact is, some things are simply better because of the wait, and the deliberate preparation, and the longing, and the sacrifice along the way. Continue reading Christmas Eve – so what do you really want under the tree?

Listen to the angels sing – can you hear them?

Silent Night; In the Bleak Midwinter; O Little Town of Bethlehem; Hark, the Herald Angels Sing; Away in a Manger…. we all have our favorite Christmas carols. If we only had time to talk about my “top five” there are probably a dozen or more I’d try to squeeze in. Carols touch us for many reasons. It’s the time and the place of a particular memory; … Continue reading Listen to the angels sing – can you hear them?

“Jesus came for all the ornaments…”

Elements of this story have been kicking around for years; not only is it one of my favorites, but it gets updated every Advent. This year’s twist may be one of the best. The story started somewhere around 2005, when my friend Tim brought home an endearingly freakish Christmas tree ornament from a gift exchange (the handcrafted Rudolph was wearing a tutu, and draped with a … Continue reading “Jesus came for all the ornaments…”

Christmas should change everything!

Then Mary said, “I am the Lord’s servant. Let it be with me just as you have said.” Then the angel left her. – Luke 1:26-38 Believe it or not, we’re less than a week away from Christmas Day! Mathematically, with Christmas falling on a Sunday, this year has been the longest Advent possible. But that’s only one way to measure time, and in many … Continue reading Christmas should change everything!