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The sun shines everywhere …

“Praise God from heaven…praise him sun and moon, praise him, you morning stars…” Psalm 148:1,3 When my daughter had her first child in New Jersey, we left behind sunny Arizona to spend five months helping to care for Nate. Since … Continue reading

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Watching, preparing, rejoicing, and beholding …

“Pay attention! Are open your eyes! Are you blind? You’re my servant, and you’re not looking. You’re my messenger, and you’re not listening!” Isaiah 42:18 How have you spent the days of Advent in preparation for Christmas? WATCHING, PREPARING, REJOICING, … Continue reading

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The longer we wait …

“The longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy.” Romans 8:25 Each year, I experience Advent as if I’m pregnant for the first time. There was great joy when the doctor affirmed my suspicion of … Continue reading

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From darkness comes the Light …

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.” Isaiah 9:2 Today is the declared first day of winter—the winter solstice, which astronomically marks the beginning of shortening nights and lengthening days. To me, that means tomorrow I … Continue reading

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Steep your life with your old coffeemaker…

“Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.” Matthew 6:33 Toward the end of November, and before the frenzy of Christmas, we have a chance … Continue reading

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It resurrected!

“I am, right now, Resurrection and Life. The one who believes in me, even though he or she dies, will live. And everyone who lives believing in me does not ultimately die at all. Do you believe this?” John 11:25 … Continue reading

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The Reunion

“Watch what comes next: I’ll bring my people back from the north country and gather them up from the ends of the earth …” Jeremiah 31:8 The last time our children and their families gathered for Christmas was in 2009. … Continue reading

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“Simeon said to Mary his [Jesus’] mother, ‘This child marks both the failure and the recovery of many in Israel.’” Luke 2:33 According to customs established by Moses, Simeon blessed Baby Jesus. Then he told Mary about the child’s extreme … Continue reading

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All I want for Christmas . . .

“So, my very dear friends, don’t get thrown off course. Every desirable and beneficial gift comes out of heaven. James 1:17                                        … Continue reading

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Giving with delight …

“God loves it when the giver delights in the giving.” 2 Corinthians 9:10 Many Christmas seasons ago, I met a family who had recently relocated to our city. One evening the mother called the church office where I worked and … Continue reading

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