Category Archives: Advent

LIGHTS UP

Oh the weather outside is frightful  . . . well, actually the temperatures are dropping and soon will be in the normal range for this time of year in Minnesota.  There’s some white stuff on the ground, but we were … Continue reading

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FEAR NOT!

“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should … Continue reading

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HOPE LIES IN A MANGER

It’s easy to see why we need someone to rescue us from the ugliness which has invaded the world.  Identity theft has run amok – human slavery still exists as children are sold into prostitution – morality is at an all time low –  everything … Continue reading

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MIXED EMOTIONS

This time of the year is packed with a complete bag of mixed feelings.  We can be up one minute and down the next. In all the rush and anticipation, we find ourselves with not enough time, money or ability … Continue reading

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O TANNENBAUM

  POETRY BY KATHY BOECHER© In the Garden of Eden You planted two trees, with fruit so divine and sweet. One was given for eating, the other not so, but temptation the soul did defeat. Man had fallen from grandeur to deepest … Continue reading

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A LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS

ART & INSPIRATION FROM PAUL & KATHY BOECHER© A frail man, not more than thirty, huddles in the corner of a freight car to keep himself warm.  He nibbles on the remnants of a discarded sandwich from the trash at the local … Continue reading

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PEACE ON EARTH

The world was a much smaller place than it is today, when Jesus was born in the tiny town of Bethlehem.  In fact a geographer named, Strabo had mapped out as much of it as he possibly could at the time.  There … Continue reading

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FIRST OR LAST?

It seems that every other year, another Star Wars movie comes out, claiming to be the last one. Of course this is one of those classics that will probably will go on to infinity and beyond.  The latest, “The Last … Continue reading

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THE GREATEST STORY EVERY TOLD

One of the things young actors learn about performing is the importance of an audience. In live theater you never know what kind of response you’ll get until it happens and each time it’s performed the audience reaction can be different. … Continue reading

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THE PAUSE THAT REFRESHES

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could hit the pause button and stop the world for a time?  Some days are more chaotic than others, but at this time of the year we all need to slow down and take a … Continue reading

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IT’S GOOD TO BE THE QUEEN!

Every young girl dreams of becoming a princess. When my sister and I were young, we’d pretend to be royals every night in the room we shared.  We were supposed to be sleeping, but instead we’d have the sheets wrapped around … Continue reading

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PINTEREST PERFECT?

You’ve hung the holiday lights and your yard resembles a Currier & Ives painting.  The entrance to your home is filled with wonderful scents of the Christmas season.  Cookies, pies and special cakes are laid out upon a white table cloth, with … Continue reading

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YOU CAN TEACH AN OLD DOG NEW TRICKS!

A rerun from 12/10/14 about yet another Christmas Pageant. I’m one of those old dogs who is constantly learning.  I’ve spent much of my time on earth learning to be patient, but I never seem to get it. I had another lesson … Continue reading

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I DON’T WANT TO BE A SHEEP!

  I’ve had the opportunity to direct several Christmas pageants over the years and one thing is for sure.  No one wants to be a sheep.  Sheep are stubborn – they stray from the flock and get in trouble – … Continue reading

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GABRIEL ON THE MOVE

Gabriel is only heard from on very special occasions. His messages were directly from God and when he showed up, people listened.  He brought comfort, astonishment, even a tugging at the faith of those he visits. Joseph was a carpenter.  … Continue reading

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AN EMPTY CRADLE

An empty cradle sat in a hidden corner, collecting dust and cobwebs.  It had gone unnoticed for several years.  Early in their marriage, the couple had longed for a child.  They waited and prayed, but it was not to be.  At … Continue reading

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BREATH OF HEAVEN

A young girl of thirteen or so, was about her daily chores, when suddenly an angel appeared out of nowhere and began to give her the most astonishing news.  Sounds like a story line for a science fiction novel or … Continue reading

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A LOWLY CHILD

A child just turned a woman, became the chosen one, To hold the Son of God within – to be her firstborn Son, An ordinary child was she – a lowly servant girl, Extraordinary things would happen, for her and all the world, … Continue reading

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THE YOUNG & RESTLESS SHEPHERDS

This is a rewrite of a post originally written 11/12/14 on atimetoshare.me  One of my favorite teachable moments. A few years ago, I was rehearsing a short Christmas play with my after school drama class.  The boys would be shepherds and sheep and … Continue reading

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AN UNEXPECTED PREGNANCY

  POETRY BY KATHY BOECHER© You came to a world filled with darkness and sin, You loved us devoutly without and within, His love conquered all through a child meek and small, Dear, God, Your Son came and He died for … Continue reading

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