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The Nativity Mystery: Where is Baby Jesus’ Farmer?

Oh, what a puzzlement are the populations of this dark earth! They know not the nearness of God. They elevate their emperors to the status of the divine; but at the descent of true Divinity, they go about their business unaware.                                                                        -Walter Wangerin Jr., Preparing for Jesus December twenty-five may seem long gone to […]

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A Name for Every Need

After I posted yesterday’s ponderings on the name of Jesus, I remembered a precious conversation Lizzy had at the mere age of three with a young Muslim woman whom we had befriended. Because I would soon be delivering our third child, the topic of names had been a common bantering point at our house for months. As […]

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Name above All Names

I wrapped up a delightful book of advent meditations today by bestselling author and master storyteller Walt Wangerin Jr. Arranged in simple calendar fashion, the daily devotions began on December 1 and concluded on January 6, which is the twelfth day of Christmas (according to western liturgies), and is also the day Epiphany. Perhaps what […]

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Boxing Day

We packed up the Christmas decorations today. Greenery was pulled off the shelves and stuffed back into boxes, little white lights untangled and wrangled back into tidy storage compartments that would soon settle in the attic for a long winter’s (and spring’s and summer’s and autumn’s) nap. I fought the urge to be melancholy as […]

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Snowmen in the Pumpkin Patch

When I woke this morning, large, white, wet snowflakes were drifting from the sky and settling like a soft blanket on the grass outside my window.  The date on my calendar and the reality beyond the glass seemed incongruent at best and inconceivable at first. How could the blazing hues of orange that just set the trees ablaze with autumn beauty […]

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Eyes of Faith

Our family is exploring the virtue of FAITH this month. Spurred on by the children’s ministry team at church who leads the charge on Sundays, we have begun to examine this not-so-simple concept throughout the week as well. The Apostle Paul says in Hebrews 11:1 that faith is being sure of what you hope for and […]

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Heart Housecleaning

I’ve been cleaning closets this week; digging sweaters and fuzzy sleepers out of hibernation in the spare bedroom and sorting, sorting, sorting through toys, bookshelves and cupboards. As I’ve been re-organizing, I’ve found myself thinking about a conversation Lizzy and I had a few years ago when I was cleaning closets before the arrival of our […]

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Walking With Me

I’m still stuck on the idea of “walking.” And this morning as my two-year-old grabbed my hand and invited me to walk beside him to the bus stop so he could send his big sisters and brother off with a wave, I was reminded of a poem I wrote when my firstborn was just a […]

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