2 Days to Christmas: YAHWEH

“Who is this King of glory?” David asks in Palm 24:10. “The LORD…”  YAHWEH. The Existing One. Yahweh is the proper name of the one true God in the Old Testament. Without vowels in its original Hebrew, the word was so sacred it was unpronounced, too holy, too fearful to communicate justly. Self-existent and eternal […]

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3 Days to Christmas: WAY

A dirt road led to the house I grew up in. I loved that road. Impassible in winter, a mud pit in spring, and like the dust bowl in summer. No other house sat on that road. It was the way to our house. When Jesus came, people wanted to see Him. “You shall find […]

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4 Days to Christmas:  VINE

I used to stuff little arms into sleeves like a turkey at Thanksgiving. But somewhere between the years of babies and grand babies, the art went south. I’m all thumbs, trying to capture stiff limbs without breaking them, and pinpointing them into a tiny coat sleeve. It’s like threading an eye of a needle or […]

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5 Days to Christmas: Unchangeable

My Christmas list looks like a paper war zone. I have crossed off, scribbled over and shifted names and gifts until there isn’t much space left to write, and no I am not done yet. I am not a good shopper. I am swayed by what I see, completely unstable in my decisions. But God […]

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6 Days to Christmas: Truth

There is a whole lot of happenings that go before the birth of a baby. My soon-to-be-born grandson’s nursery took shape with a coat of paint, a baby bed, changing table, and rocking chair. His drawers were full of soft clothes, diapers, and ointments. It was a room needing a baby. Before Jesus’ death, He […]

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7 Days to Christmas: Son of the Highest Lk. 1:32

No one is higher. “He will be great, and will be called Son of the Highest” Luke 1:32; NKJV, the angel told Mary. He is as high as high gets. Son of the Highest is like the title God Most High.  The wonder of such an announcement must have seized Mary’s heart like the breath […]

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8 Days to Christmas: RULER-Shepherd

“For out of you (Bethlehem) shall come a Ruler who will shepherd My people Israel.” Matt. 2:6; NKJV. I love the idea of ruler-shepherd. It’s almost an oxymoron, two impossibles joined together. The Christmas story is full unnatural events, because the story is after all, supernatural. “For with God,” the angel told Mary, “nothing will […]

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9 Days to Christmas: PRINCE OF PEACE

“…and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6; KJV. When Isaiah penned those words, Israel was being decimated by Assyria. Droves of people were taken captive. The people cried out for a Messiah to make Israel great again. Some 800 years later on […]

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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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