10 Days to Christmas: OMEGA

“I AM the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the End,” says the Lord. Jesus had a birthday. Just like us, from the day He drew His first breath, time moved toward His death. Alpha and Omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. Arranged in various combinations, letters convey words […]

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11 Days to Christmas: NAME

I peeked at the little form of my granddaughter. Black eyelashes quivered against pale cheeks as she kneeled at the bedside of her mommy. “Jesus, peeease help her move again,” she prayed. And a spasm jerked my daughter’s arm. With wonder little blue eyes opened wide and locked mine. “She moved, Grandma. Jesus made her […]

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12 Days to Christmas: MAJESTY

So the bad dude king, Herod, called his chief priests and scribes together for a little pow-wow, a sneaky set-a-trap-for-the-baby kind of meeting. “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?” the Magi had asked. King Herod got his intellectuals together. Those wise-guys knew immediately where the Messiah was slated to be […]

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13 Days to Christmas: LIGHT

Christmas lights are evil, my friend wrote on a facebook post. I know what she means. Tangled strands that don’t light are irritating.  But the original Christmas lights were a different story.  There was a lot of light happening that first Christmas. The glory of the Lord shone around the shepherds on the hillside. Wise […]

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14 Days to Christmas: KING OF KINGS

“Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?” Matt. 2:2. “For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.” Growing up, our family put up our tree the day after Thanksgiving. From then on until Christmas day, every morning at least one new mysterious gift appeared […]

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15 Days to Christmas: JESUS

Picking a baby’s name is a big deal. Seriously. Our third daughter was three days old before we agreed that Charity she would be for all eternity. Mary and Joseph didn’t have that dispute. To Joseph: “And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His […]

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16 Days to Christmas: IMMANUEL

One of my dearest friends lay in the cold Kansas soil. November winds blew the tree limbs outside the window where we sat. My husband and I listened as the grieving spouse talked, his sorrow, like tears fell on our ears. “There’s something about skin,” he said. “Yesterday, I walked on icy pavement. I waited […]

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17 Days to Christmas: HOLY

Mary the maidservant of the Lord found herself in an unimaginable situation. A child grew within her, Son of the Highest, without human father and apart from the curse of sin. Fully human. Fully God. Completely Holy. “…That Holy One who is born will be called the Son of God.” Luke 1:35; NKJV. It was […]

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18 Days to Christmas: GOOD SHEPHERD

I’ve often wondered why the good news came first to shepherds. They weren’t influential or powerful. They had a hard time keeping the Sabbath because sheep needed constant protection. Shepherds were willing to die to protect their lambs from the perils of wild animals and steep ravines. They were just common folk. Like me. Abraham, […]

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19 Days to Christmas: FATHER

Baby Luca cries that heart wrenching pierce of a little soul in despair. It stabs my own as I jiggle him up and down against me, that continual parental dance. My grandson’s body melts into mine but the out of control cries and deep gasps for air continue. “Here, let me try,” his daddy makes […]

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