Tag Archives: Christmas

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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FOR UNTO US . . .

Isaiah 8:6-7  “For to us a child is born,to us a son is given;and the government shall be upon his shoulder,and his name shall be calledWonderful Counselor, Mighty God,Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.Of the increase of his government and of … Continue reading

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ON THAT SILENT HOLY NIGHT

Only two years ago, prior to the pandemic, we were getting ready for Christmas and awaiting our family from South Carolina and So. Korea to arrive.  It was the day of Christmas Eve when I was admitted to the hospital … Continue reading

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GOD IS WITH US!

We travel this life talking to, relying on and trusting God, but the thought of actually meeting Him face to face is often inconceivable.  God loves us so much that He took on human flesh – went through the trauma of … 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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WHAT IS CHRISTMAS?

Brilliantly colored ornaments hang tight to the Christmas tree, Stockings are hung on a mantel while a roaring fire we see, Packages look so festive in colors of red, gold and green, With ribbons they’re bound, and secrets within, makes … Continue reading

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THE WHOLE STORY IS INCONCEIVABLE

I might be the only one who has made this comparison, but the entire Biblical Christmas story reminds me of the word Vizzini kept repeating over and over in “The Princess Bride.”  It is more than inconceivable, it’s unbelievable, miraculous … 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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CHRISTMAS PAST

Oh what a lovely painting, filled with memories, nostalgia, days gone by and nothing but love.  Carolers huddled together singing the songs of the season – warming each other with each verse.  A house filled with good food, gifts, a … Continue reading

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AN OLD FASHIONED CHRISTMAS

Days of yore may long be gone, but memories linger on, Of Christmases of yesterday, of years that since have gone, My youth no longer dwells in me, though memories stay strong, Of times we spent together with caroling and songs, … Continue reading

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WHAT’S THAT NOISE?

‘Twas the month before Christmas and all through the house, The only thing stirring was a cold, little mouse, He thought he’d sneak in while the getting was good, He found a warm corner in the neighborhood, The house it was … Continue reading

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WHAT IS THE BEST GIFT?

This time of year often turns into a competition of buying the “best” gift or at least thinking we are.  Many beautifully wrapped packages appear beneath the tree, with anticipation running high and hopes building.  Unfortunately the focus of this … Continue reading

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ANGELS WE HAVE HEARD

What are your first thoughts when you hear the word, “angel?”  The word alone has so many connotations. It stirs the mind into thinking of something supernatural – something ethereal – beautiful – terrorizing – fearful yet comforting.  My thoughts … Continue reading

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AN EARLY CHRISTMAS TALE

‘Twas right before Christmas and in our simple old house,Not a creature was stirring except one small mouse,He wasn’t too big, but the sight made me cringe,A mouse in the house meant he’d surely infringe, So off to the hardware … Continue reading

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THE CHRISTMAS CANDLE

This is a rerun of a post I wrote last year at this time, but I feel it deserves a second glance. It’s one of the most inspirational stories I seen lately about the true meaning of Christmas. I discovered … Continue reading

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A CHRISTMAS CAROL

  I think the reason the story of Scrooge remains such a classic is because we can all relate to it. When the ghost takes him on his journey through time, we see a young boy growing up in the … Continue reading

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JOHN, THE BAPTIZER

He must have been quite a sight; this long awaited son of Zechariah and Elizabeth. For years they had prayed for a child, but their prayers went unanswered. Yet when the time was right, God did answer them and gave … Continue reading

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