Sometimes my favorite conversations are those when I say nothing at all, but just sit and listen to the interaction between the participants. That’s what happened to me this past week, as I visited my husband’s family in California. It was a typical gathering of his siblings — always plenty to eat and drink, along … More I remember
Have you ever watched a movie or read a book that was so true-to-life that you forgot it was fiction? You find yourself relating it to another with an excitement that makes them wonder if it truly took place. The great authors and screenwriters are those who can mix just enough of truth into the … More The Masquerade of Evil
Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.* As my birthday approached, I kept hearing a familiar phrase go through my mind: 55 Alive! Yep, that’s right, I’m the double digits today that bring any semi-aware person to the reality that they’ve finally arrived at an age they only thought possible for … More Number our days
I had a lovely lunch today with two Millenials. I only identify them first as people of that generational label because it helps to give perspective to our conversation. I’m a Baby Boomer, you see, about to face a numerical milestone of my own in a few days, so having the honor to sit in … More Transition
I’ve been striving to listen for God to speak to me for the year ahead…for my life in general. It’s amazing how, when we’re attentive, he uses different avenues to reach us with his message. I’m thankful for what he’s spoken through his Word, through emails from friends, and through a recent visit. How do … More No longer two, but one
As I end this Christmas season with a final carol, I was so touched by the words of one that is probably not on your normal repertoire of songs. Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne* shares not only the birth of Christ, but what he left on our behalf to fulfill the will of God the Father. … More Is there room in your heart?
Today’s sermon spoke to the wonder of Christmas and how important it is to really read the scriptures that speak of Christ’s birth. Not only should we read them, but meditate or ponder on them, for there is so much to cause us to wonder in amazement. Today’s carol, What Child is This* speaks to one … More We can wear our boots
We Three Kings of Orient Are* would have been a great carol to sing in my ESL class this month, for it carries great teaching about this part of the Christmas story. My ladies, all from another religious background, wanted to understand why these wise men would bring such gifts to the newborn king. I … More Why such gifts?
There are some carols you identify with because of special memories or people. I identify with He is Born,* because I can sing it in French (Il est né) and used to play the oboe in high school band. He is born, the holy Child; play the oboe and bagpipes merrily! He is born, the holy Child; … More Oboe and French
In order to reflect on today’s carol, Love Came Down at Christmas,* I listened to it on the Youtube link below, and I was blown away … in worship. I love the words of this song, which is from the poem by Christina G. Rossetti. Love came down at Christmas, Love all lovely, love divine; Love … More When love came down