Category Archives: Christmas

FAMILY REUNION

(bottom left to right) Son, Bob Boecher – Paul Boecher – Kathy Boecher – Daughters, Joy Oquist & Amy Pentti. (Top left to right) Granddaughter, Kaeli Oquist, Bob’s fiancee, Janet Stroup, Grandson, Josh Pentti, Amy’s husband, Brian Pentti, Joy’s husband, … Continue reading

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IT’S OVER – NOW WHAT?

All the time and preparation leading up to Christmas can lead to a full-blown bout of depression.  Today, all the hub bub of Christmas has come to a standstill.  There are still cookies in the freezer.  Presents have been opened snowmen … Continue reading

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COME, LET US ADORE HIM

Streets dusted with powdered sugar snow are empty now after the hustle and bustle within this tiny town.  Everyone empties the church after singing praises to the newborn King.  The lights dim as the final wishes of “Merry Christmas,” are … Continue reading

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LOVE CAME DOWN AT CHRISTMAS

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

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IS THERE ROOM FOR ME?

A frail man, not more than thirty, huddles in the corner of a dank freight car to keep himself warm.  He nibbles on the remnants of a discarded sandwich from the trash at the local burger shop.  To him, it’s a Christmas … Continue reading

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GOOD MORNING, BABY JESUS

I think of Your tiny body asleep on a mound of hay – Your tiny, dimpled hands reaching up to your mother’s breast – Your soft, fuzzy head nestling closer to her. How did you sleep on that first night … Continue reading

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SING CHOIRS OF ANGELS

Can you imagine an entire army of angels, singing songs of praise to announce the birth of the Savior? Maybe if you did actually see such a miraculous sight, your friends and family might have you admitted for psychiatric evaluation. … Continue reading

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GOD’S LOVE IS NOT SHROUDED

The feeding trough shown in the image may or may not be accurate. The strips of cloth that swaddled the Baby Jesus were probably not left in that manger either. Most of what we imagine about that first Christmas has … Continue reading

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A LAMB WITHOUT DEFECT

For centuries before the Messiah’s birth, the perfect sacrifice presented before the God of Abraham was an innocent little lamb. This would be the payment brought before God to ransom mankind from the hold of sin, but it was a … Continue reading

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A CHILD IS BORN

A new life emerges. Air fills His little lungs. He lets out a big scream. His mother swaddles Him in strips of cloth already prepared for this journey. She snuggles Him tightly and kisses his curly head. This child entered … Continue reading

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SHE TREASURED AND PONDERED THESE THINGS

They arrived in Bethlehem late that evening. Stars filled the sky like diamonds exploding across the expanse. Before entering the city, Mary noticed a flock of sheep in the fields. Many were sleeping, but the shepherds took turns watching them … Continue reading

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A PROMISE-FILLED JOURNEY

The months leading up to this journey were filled with shame, humility, fear, doubt and at times confusion. Mary had been given news of her purpose in God’s plan of salvation. She accepted the task with wonder. Even though she … Continue reading

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O TANNENBAUM

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 despair, He needed redemption within. … 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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BUT MARY PONDERED

“But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.” When I was a young child, I thought the word “ponder” meant to pound. In a child’s mind it made perfect sense for Mary to treasure the things … Continue reading

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A LITTLE CHILD SHALL LEAD

Isaiah 11:6 The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. May the peace of this Christmas season … Continue reading

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CHRISTMAS PROMISE

Children stare in awe at the ornaments and lights,Each sparkle puts a twinkle in their eyes.The cookies are in the oven, such tantalizing bites,The gifts of Christmas come in every size. The special clothes and widened smiles are evidence complete,That … Continue reading

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RING THOSE BELLS

When my husband was a young lad, he was responsible for ringing the church bells for Sunday service along with other special events as weddings and funerals.  His small frame grew big muscles as he tugged on the rope designed … Continue reading

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BREATHLESS

Shepherds fending off their sleep, while they tended all their sheep. Suddenly were startled by the hosts of angels in the sky. “Do not fear,” was said to them – “We bring good news and peace to men.” They followed God’s bright star above … Continue reading

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DON’T BE AFRAID

Picture this – you have been sentenced to death – no chance of parole – your execution is set – you will be fed to a pride of lions.  You must wait in your cell until the next day when … Continue reading

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