O Little Town of Bethlehem

O little town of Bethlehem How still we see thee lie Above thy deep and dreamless sleep The silent stars go by Yet in thy dark streets shineth The everlasting Light The hopes and fears of all the years Are met in thee tonight For Christ is born of Mary And gathered all above WhileContinue reading “O Little Town of Bethlehem”

Silent Night

Silent night, Holy night All is calm, all is bright Round yon virgin mother and child Holy infant, tender and mild Sleep in heavenly peace, Sleep in heavenly peace. Since becoming a mother, I realized that probably one of the most peaceful moments I ever had with each of my children was the moment IContinue reading “Silent Night”

Sing a new song: Over Me

Yesterday, for the first time in quite a while, I wrote a new song. Not a new psalm as I do each Sunday, but an actual song I believe He wants me to sing one day. Many who know me know how much I love to sing. You only have to get into a carContinue reading “Sing a new song: Over Me”

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 wait seems too long…the embrace

Come, Thou long expected Jesus Born to set Thy people free From our fears and sins release us Let us find our rest in Thee. The people of Israel had been waiting…while in captivity in Babylon, through their rebuilding of their homeland, during the Roman occupation. Messiah?! When are You coming to deliver us? AndContinue reading “when the wait seems too long…the embrace”

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 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”

on the road to Bethlehem

We left off with Joseph & Mary on the long trek to Bethlehem. Still on the road… I wonder if Mary asked,  “Are we there yet?!” as her womb started sending signals it was full and had had enough. I wonder how sick of leading the donkey and being on his feet all day JosephContinue reading “on the road to Bethlehem”

broken to blessed- Joseph

There was a heart broken in the Christmas story. That of Joseph. Mary’s fiancee. It became obvious that Mary was pregnant.  I am guessing either Mary with her parents, or Mary’s father would have broken the news, and tried to explain what had happened. We don’t know exactly who told him, but I am sureContinue reading “broken to blessed- Joseph”

trusting His promises

When we left off yesterday, Mary was staying with Elizabeth…for a three month stay. Since Gabriel showed up when Elizabeth was 6 month’s pregnant (Luke 1:26), I believe Mary was there when the next good news arrived in the Advent story- the birth of John. Why do I consider this good news? 1) John wasContinue reading “trusting His promises”