1,001 GIFTS FOR JESUS

1,001 GIFTS FOR JESUS

Last Christmas, the magical spark never came. I was bothered by all the commercialism that plagues our city months in advance. Somewhere between the flashy ads in magazines and feeling I didn’t have much to offer Jesus due to the limitation... Read More »

SKY BALLET

SKY BALLET

It was Christmas morning, and my wife and I were enjoying a break at the end of what had been a hectic December. The view from our hotel balcony—a pristine lake surrounded by snowcapped mountains—was idyllic, but as an avid bird watcher, it... Read More »

THOSE DIRTY SHEPHERDS

THOSE DIRTY SHEPHERDS

“There were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.”—Luke 2:8 NIV When I was a child, one of my favorite pictures of Jesus depicted Him as the Good Shepherd, carrying a lamb around His shoulders.... Read More »

THE CHRISTMAS SHOES

THE CHRISTMAS SHOES

The Christmas season—undoubtedly my favorite season of the year—holds many unforgettable memories. It was on a snowy December day when I was six years old that our family flew home to the U.S. from the Philippines, where we had been mission... Read More »

REPAINTING THE ANGEL

REPAINTING THE ANGEL

The statuette of an angel holding the hand of a little boy had been placed on a neglected back shelf in an antique shop. It was covered with soot and dust, lost amidst the clutter of jars, dishes, and ornaments. A man browsing through the s... Read More »

HE CAME TO US

HE CAME TO US

Recently, I was reading about the history of Christmas and where our various Christmas traditions come from, including ones that may have originated in pagan rituals or festivals, and it struck me that one of the most fundamental truths abo... Read More »

TIMELESS CAROLS

TIMELESS CAROLS

Something I’ve always loved about Christmas is listening to and singing the beautiful Christmas carols that have been written over the centuries. I like them so much that I often listen to them at other times throughout the year. Many are m... Read More »

SHINY RED APPLES

SHINY RED APPLES

Christmas 1984 was our family’s third Christmas away from Europe, and the remote village in eastern India where we had moved to help as volunteers had become a second home. After some initial difficulty in adjusting to such a different clim... Read More »

MAGICAL SEASON

MAGICAL SEASON

A few years ago, a very talented friend of mine spent untold hours building a wonderfully intricate Christmas model out of salt dough. The centerpiece was the stable, but the scene stretched well beyond that, deep into Bethlehem and the sur... Read More »

CLEAR SHINING
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CLEAR SHINING

There are moments when the earth’s beauty parallels the glories of heaven, when you look at your surroundings with awe and know there is a God who loves and cares about you. Growing up on a farm with a 360-degree view of the sky, I wa... Read More »

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