Jesus' birth
The story is familiar. At Christmas, we remember and celebrate Jesus’ birth: “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:11-12, ESV). Did you get […]

Christmas: He Was Born for You

Nativity and stable
While decorating for Christmas this year, I set up our ceramic nativity set and surrounded it with fake straw. This set is special to me because it was made by my father some 15 years ago. Most of his life, Daddy was a carpenter, but in his later years, he did […]

Christmas Symbols: The Stable

Advent, candle, beginning, Christmas
Hard to believe, but this past Sunday was the first week of Advent–the beginning of the beginning. “Advent” means “coming” in Latin, and for centuries Christians have observed the four weeks leading up to Christmas as a time of remembering the birth of Jesus Christ. For many Christian denominations, Advent is […]

Beginning of the Beginning

Jesus is our Comforter
Are you feeling like the Grinch this year?  Would you rather Christmas didn’t exist? It’s Christmas week, a time that many people consider the most joyous time of the year. But that’s not true for everyone. The holidays may be difficult for those struggling financially who can’t compete in the “Santa Claus” […]

From Babe to Comforter (Names of God)