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Joy for the Day After Christmas, and the Day After That

  And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. -Romans 5:5   On this 20-degree day after Christmas, a little boy across the street bounces with glee, chasing a remote-control truck up […]

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A Christmas Longing

Surely your goodness and love will follow me     all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord     forever. –Psalm 23:6   Before my dad lost his battle with lung cancer, he helped me memorize Psalm 23. The year I graduated from high school, he died. In December. And […]

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From How, God? to Hallelujah

  Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen?” -Luke 1:34   It’s morning as Garth and I stand together at the kitchen window, cradling glasses of fresh-pressed juice and watching the snow fall. “You have to make your health priority one,” I say. “Yeah,” he says. “But how?” We both think we know […]

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It’s Still a Wonderful Life

  “That through death he might . . . deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.” —Hebrews 2:15   It happened again. Garth and I cried watching “It’s a Wonderful Life.” It hits too close to home! We get swept away by the tension even though we know the ending. […]

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The Poor King Who Made Me Rich

So the long-awaited Messiah, God incarnate, was forced to make his arrival in a rudimentary barn that reeked of animal poo? Seems like pretty poor planning–perhaps a tactical error by the Almighty? Unless it wasn’t. Doesn’t a God-ordained no-vacancy sign in Bethlehem align with everything else I know about his thirty-odd years in human flesh? […]

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Who Am I, Lord?

Who am I that you would come to me, Lord? In the Christmas narrative, Mary, overcome by a growing understanding that she carries the savior of the world in her teenage womb, bursts out in reverent song. She begins “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my savior, for he has […]

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Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room

Lord, prepare my heart. Help me to meditate on and anticipate your coming . . . Coming to bring truth to our troubled, questioning, seeking world. Coming to save and to renew. Coming to bring your peace into the chaos of my own heart and mind. Ever ski down a steep, heavily moguled run? There once […]

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When Someone Close Needs an Avalanche of Hope

  [This post first appeared at AnotherBrokenHallelujah.com on December 3, 2014.] When I said “Come sit on the bed,” she just planted her legs straight like prison bars and asked why. I patted the comforter next to me and mustered up my best impression of a mother who has no intention of giving up. She […]

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