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December 18, 2017

2017 Advent Devotional – Monday, December 18

I have a confession to make. The Christmas I was 10, I thought I knew just about everything about Christmas: I knew about Santa (I really knew), I knew all the songs, I knew what the Christmas tree would look like, I knew what we would eat for Christmas dinner, etc. What I didn’t know […]

December 16, 2017

2017 Advent Devotional – Saturday, December 16

My family has decided to spend more time concentrating on the meaning of Christmas this year, and less time on gifts.  My nephew Steven set us all up on “Elfster,” a software networking app that assigned each of us a family member as our Secret Santa, making certain that nobody gets them self. I’m not […]

December 15, 2017

2017 Advent Devotional – Friday, December 15

“Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.” — Oren Arnold   For the thought of December 9 I admitted that I was the one who wrote Christmas cards in our family.  In […]

December 14, 2017

2017 Advent Devotional – Thursday, December 14

Jack Martin often reminds me about a Children’s Moment that I did several years ago on Christmas Eve. It was called “25 points for Jesus!” It was the story of the game that Becky and I played each year when we unwrapped the family nativity scene. The set was carefully wrapped each year in paper […]

December 13, 2017

2017 Advent Devotional – Wednesday, December 13

“Until one feels the spirit of Christmas, there is no Christmas. All else is outward display-so much tinsel and decorations. For it isn’t the holly, it isn’t the snow. It isn’t the tree not the firelight’s glow. It’s the warmth that comes to the hearts of men when the Christmas spirit returns again.” – Anonymous […]

December 12, 2017

2017 Advent Devotional – Tuesday, December 12

As a child one of my favorite items on the Christmas tree (until I sat on it and crushed it when I was 7) was the elf house, a small white house ornament that was hung in the very middle of the tree, back among the branches. It was where the elves went after all […]

December 11, 2017

2017 Advent Devotional – Monday, December 11

“Let us remember that the Christmas heart is a giving heart, a wide open heart that thinks of others first. The birth of the baby Jesus stands as the most significant event in all history, because it has meant the pouring into a sick world the healing medicine of love which has transformed all manner […]

December 10, 2017

2017 Advent Devotional – 2nd Sunday of Advent – Sunday, December 10

Growing up, I spent most Christmas Days in our family home with my parents, my maternal grandparents, and my sister. There were many, many gifts under our Christmas tree, and we generally required about 2-3 hours to open and admire each one. After opening all of the gifts, my father and grandfather and Becky and […]

December 9, 2017

2017 Advent Devotional – Saturday, December 9

“Christmas! The very word brings joy to our hearts. No matter how we may dread the rush, the long Christmas lists for gifts and cards to be bought and given-when Christmas Day comes there is still the same warm feeling we had as children, the same warmth that enfolds our hearts and our homes.” — […]

December 8, 2017

2017 Advent Devotional – Friday, December 8

My sister and her husband were married in mid-January. Christmas before the big event was rather minimalistic in our home, as preparation for the big day was taking all of my mother’s attention. That’s perhaps why I remember that Christmas so well. There were no gifts to buy or receive. There was no decorating. There […]

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