I’ve lived for a long time. So have you. Christmas hasn’t always been jolly, has it? But it started that way. I mean, who plans to get pregnant without a father and explains it with an impossible story? Who suddenly finds out that his betrothed is pregnant by someone else
This week, after a full day, I meandered into Trader Joes to pick up some of their autumn specialty items. You know, the Pumpkin Kringle that I freeze for our fall, family gatherings and the Pumpkin Ravioli that ALWAYS disappears before I can stock up on it. After choosing a
Every December we celebrate faith, family, and friends with Christmas carols, feasting, sparkling lights, and the traditional Christmas pageant featuring shepherds, Joseph and Mary, the angels singing, and, of course, baby Jesus. It’s a big deal. And though we focus on the incarnation—God clothing Himself in flesh and bone and
The other morning one of my little grandsons presented me with his Christmas list along with a toy catalog that he had used to circle everything he wanted for Christmas. He was super cute. Of course, I immediately went into grandma mode and wanted to buy him EVERYTHING! It took
It’s that season again. The holidays crowded with family, friends, yummy food, laughter, fantastic conversation, Pinterest-styled homes, and the warm-fuzzies of loving relationships. WAIT? What…? What about the grandkids who would rather spend their time engaging with their cell phones than with you? Or your adult children who don’t want
This Christmas season is different because I retired from full-time ministry three months ago. I kind of thought I’d have more time for reading, pondering and celebrating. I have… some. But not as much as I’d like. Mixed in with this is the amount of people I’ve encountered who feel
Don’t you hate the waiting? That long, lonely hallway between what was and what is to come? The waiting hallway filled with doubt, “what ifs,” and fear of the unknown, even though you know there’s a God promise at the end of that hallway? We all encounter these hallways. Some
You stopped counting how many holiday dishes you’ve cooked through the years. The dishes you’ve washed after the feast are up in the millions. The house? Oh yes, you’ve cleaned until your nails looked ratty. And most of the time, you’ve loved every minute of cooking, cleaning, and washing dishes.