God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

God rest ye merry, gentlemen Let nothing you dismay Remember, Christ, our Saviour Was born on Christmas day To save us all from Satan’s power When we were gone astray O tidings of comfort and joy, Comfort and joy O tidings of comfort and joy! We can have rest because Jesus was born. Shocking, isn’tContinue reading “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”

when you are asked to flee…Joseph

After the wise men were gone, God’s angel showed up again in Joseph’s dream and commanded, “Get up. Take the child and his mother and flee to Egypt. Stay until further notice. Herod is on the hunt for this child, and wants to kill him.” Joseph obeyed. He got up, took the child and hisContinue reading “when you are asked to flee…Joseph”

when the world & heaven collide…Herod

There was once a king. Not born a king, but appointed. A very paranoid king, he wiped out all opposition to his throne, real or perceived: at least one wife, one son, a few other relations. He was known as the butcher in some circles. His name? Herod. image from the Nativity Story Not toContinue reading “when the world & heaven collide…Herod”

when the stable fills with wonder…the shepherds

There were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God’s angel stood among them and God’s glory blazed around them. They were terrified. The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has justContinue reading “when the stable fills with wonder…the shepherds”

when the sky fills with wonder…the angels

There was another sight to wonder at, besides the star illuminating Jesus had been born…. There were shepherds camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God’s angel stood among them and God’s glory blazed around them. They were terrified. The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announceContinue reading “when the sky fills with wonder…the angels”

when God arrives in your brokeness

Tonight, we remember Jesus born of Mary, bundled to keep warm, resting after His big arrival in an animal’s feeding trough. Not quite the King sized bed you and I expected for the most important king in history. God knew one thing that would make all the difference with the arrival of Jesus. We needContinue reading “when God arrives in your brokeness”

when even the hostel is full

…because there was no room in the hostel. Luke 2:7 MSG Not only was there no room at the hotels or inns in Bethlehem, but the B&Bs & hostels were also all full. It appears that the Carpenters (coz doesn’t that seem like a good fit for Joseph & Mary’s last name?!) arrived in townContinue reading “when even the hostel is full”

entrusting a teen with the King

I was very struck by God’s choice of Mary. Not because I don’t think she was a good choice, but because she wasn’t the obvious choice. Most of us, if we are honest, would have chosen a gal more like Elizabeth: wise in experience, settled, already married. Not a teenager still living at home. ButContinue reading “entrusting a teen with the King”

baby talk

There is no sound quite like hearing an infant gurgle, coo & spout gibberish. The joy they get simply from making noise, chattering away as only a baby can. When we are young in the faith, everything can seem awesome, wonderful, amazing. Bright eyed with fresh wonder, we can sound like babies with our repetitiveContinue reading “baby talk”