This Most Holy Night (a “Night Before Christmas” poem)

T’was the night before Christmas And all through the house Not a creature was stirring Not even a mouse I finally sat down With a cup of steaming hot tea To ponder the beauty Of what this season truly means Christmas hasn’t always been The easiest of times Deep loneliness and pain Often left me … More This Most Holy Night (a “Night Before Christmas” poem)

The Hope of Christmas

  In the beginning … God. In the beginning, God created. God created man for His own pleasure. God created man for relationship; for intimacy with Himself. But then man separated himself from God. (It was never the other way around—it is still never the other way around.) Man hid. Man has been hiding ever … More The Hope of Christmas

Getting Through it: Tips for Surviving the “Most Wonderful” Time of the Year

It’s the most wonderful time of year! Right? For some it is, but for others, well, not so much. For some people the holidays are hard–sometimes really hard. The reasons are varied, but many feel especially vulnerable and alone this time of year. Although we have more ways of connecting than ever, a growing number of people … More Getting Through it: Tips for Surviving the “Most Wonderful” Time of the Year

Christmas Wishes

This Christmas I wish you … Wonder. May your heart be captured again by the wonder of it all. By the wonder of the incarnation–the astounding and unimaginable reality that God became a man and dwelt among us.The reality of Emmanuel–God with us. May you be awestruck again by the wonder of a God who … More Christmas Wishes

My Heart to Yours

I’ve been trying too hard lately. It’s kind of funny, really, because the concepts of rest and abiding in Christ are such deeply rooted core values for me. I always want to be led by his presence. I only want to do what I see him doing. But, well, sometimes I miss it. Sometimes I miss … More My Heart to Yours

Do You Remember Wonder?

Do you remember wonder? Do you remember when your heart was awakened to the marvelous mystery of the incarnation; to that wondrous feeling of finally knowing what Christmas was all about? Do you remember when the extraordinary invaded the ordinary, and the ordinary suddenly became extraordinary simply because He was there? Do you remember? Do you remember awe? Do … More Do You Remember Wonder?

Getting Through It: Tips for Surviving the “Most Wonderful” Time of the Year

It’s the most wonderful time of year! Right? For some it is, but for others … Well, not so much. For some people the holidays are hard–sometimes really hard. The reasons are varied, but people without strong ties to a supportive community (whether family, friends or both) that they actually “do life” with are especially vulnerable. Although we … More Getting Through It: Tips for Surviving the “Most Wonderful” Time of the Year

A Christmas Prayer

I wrote this years ago and also posted it last year on my blog. Seems like a good time to post it again. May you have a blessed and wonder-filled Christmas! Dear Father,  Thank You for the priceless gift of Your Son. This Christmas I pray that the miracle of the Incarnation—that God became flesh … More A Christmas Prayer

A Christmas Prayer

  Dear Father,   Thank You for the priceless gift of Your Son. This Christmas I pray that the miracle of the Incarnation—that God became flesh and dwelt among us—will be birthed anew in my heart. Open my eyes to see with fresh insight.  Let me come to You with the faith and trust of a … More A Christmas Prayer

Preparing Room

Joy to the world! The Lord is come! Let earth receive her King; Let every heart prepare him room …   We hear the song every Christmas.  Let every heart prepare him room.  But do we … really? What does it mean to prepare room for him in my heart?  What does it mean … really? How … More Preparing Room