Tag Archive: Christmas

12 Gifts of ChristX

  On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, A partridge in a pear tree. On the second day of Christmas…blah, blah, blah A partridge in a pear tree?… Continue reading

Say No to Santa

Thanksgiving Day 2019 is history. I am now okay with Christmas carols, Christmas commercials, and Christmas specials. But I will never be okay with the jolly secular symbol of Christmas himself, Kris Kringle.… Continue reading

We must believe the bad to experience the good

  “I’ve got good news and bad news.” Oh, the fearful, suspended anticipation such an announcement tends to create in us. Will the good outweigh the bad, or will the bad totally ruin… Continue reading

The Trade, Chapter 14

Click here for Chapter 1 Ruth’s father turned away from the guard and looked out the window, contemplating how unusual it must seem that he was hoping and praying his daughter would go… Continue reading

A Christmas story

-with apologies to everyone expecting poignant family moments, angelic birth announcements, or Red Ryder rifles and leg lamps Those hateful games, which made the spectacle of human suffering and death the delight of… Continue reading

Merry Christmas

We must believe the bad to experience the good

“I’ve got good news and bad news.” Oh, the fearful, suspended anticipation such an announcement tends to create in us. Will the good outweigh the bad, or will the bad totally ruin the… Continue reading

What if? A Christmas reflection

What if nothing and no one spoke into the void No singular move of intent No reason, no purpose, no call into being No deliberate creative event   What if?   What if… Continue reading

Post-Christmas letdown

This is a re-post from 2012. The Christmas season is a time of anticipation. For weeks we are planning and preparing, dreaming and decorating, buying and baking.  We can’t wait for the big… Continue reading

Salvation

We do a “white elephant” gift exchange at our family Christmas party every year. It’s a lot of fun once the stealing starts. No gift you’ve selected is securely yours until everyone has… Continue reading

Joy

We Christians have a joy problem…a disconnect between what we profess and believe to be ours in Christ and what is exhibited in our attitude and countenance. The sullen, angry, joyless Christian seems… Continue reading

Belonging

Curse you, Madison Avenue. Your perfect little family Christmas…you know, with all the smiles and hugs, the busy kitchen and cozy fireplace, the beautiful and bountiful presents under the tree and sons and… Continue reading

Reflections on the Gift

A partridge in a pear tree? Seriously? Well, I like pears alright I guess, but with my horticultural skills I know a pear tree will not survive long in my care. And a… Continue reading

The best gift

Christmas Day is fast upon us, and I pray you have a truly joyous one with your family and loved ones. My siblings and I gather with our families for an evening celebration… Continue reading