Category Archives: Advent

Christmas Changes Everything

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Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, Immanuel, God with us. It is a miracle of massive proportions, but after a lifetime of celebrating the birth of Jesus, sometimes the meaning of exactly what he did for us … Continue reading

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A Life of Pondering

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December features stories of miracles. Angels appeared to Mary, Joseph and to the Bethlehem shepherds announcing the birth of the Son of God, Jesus, the Messiah. For Mary, right in the middle of it all, it must have been a … Continue reading

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Advent Anticipation

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When I was a kid, Advent was always marked by an Advent Calendar. My siblings and I took turns opening the tiny door each day, and we appreciated the surprise inside. The real treat, however, was that Christmas was one … Continue reading

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Three Treasured Christmas Songs and Their Stories

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Every song has a story.* Christmas music, in my house, is only heard from the day after Thanksgiving through December.  While I write I am listening to an eclectic play list of Christmas selections, ranging from The Messiah, (in the background right … Continue reading

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Peace on Earth

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Christmas is a time of year when we hear the phrase “peace on earth” frequently, and this year we may look for peace a little more fervently than usual.  After all, we’re celebrating the day that Jesus, the Prince of Peace, was born.  … Continue reading

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Earthly Circumstances have Little to do with Heavenly Glory

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It’s December; it’s Christmas time.  We are treated to advertisements for music, party dresses, iGear, coats and cars, (I’ve never known anyone to give a car as a Christmas gift.  Have you?) all designed to give us a feeling of good cheer and coziness.  Warm fireplaces, … Continue reading

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Christmas Past

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Christmas was a wonderful time of the year for me when I was a child. Cookies, parties, church services and gifts were among the featured attractions, and I took full advantage of them.  Still do. We celebrated Jesus’s birth too. In my family the celebration of Jesus’s birth was central and … Continue reading

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How Does Christmas Come About?

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It’s almost Christmas.  Are you ready? Will you be ready?  I’m not ready…yet. Christmas will come about, like it always does, and I will be ready, like I always am.  However, not without some chaos and confusion.  Every year I determine … Continue reading

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Give the Gift of Relationship this Christmas

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Are you wondering what to give your loved ones (who don’t need anything) for Christmas?  I have an idea for you! Invest in your relationships this Christmas. Christmas gift giving in my extended family has morphed from all of us exchanging gifts with each other (very fun … Continue reading

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Enjoying the Gift or Playing with the Wrapping Paper?

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Boxes, gift wrap, and ribbons are apparently endlessly entertaining to toddlers.  Who needs gifts?  We should just wrap boxes for young children and let them play! We adults are amused by this, because we know the difference between a gift and … Continue reading

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