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When the Holidays Hurt…

For many, this season of the year is not "merry" at all. No, they are not the proverbial "bah-humbug" scrooges. Instead, they are in pain -- the pain of grief. And their pain is fueled by every nostalgic memory they encounter -- the empty chair, the special music, the cherished ornament on the tree. Our...

Jesus’ Birth in Heaven and Earth

The birth narrative of Jesus is one of my favorite stories in Scripture. I love the earthly scene: two scared parents, farm animals, and shepherds. But even more I like to imagine the heavenly scene. I envision Heavenly beings on the edge their seats, watching as their God is born a vulnerable baby. “Alone of all...

Putting the World Back Together

One of my favorite illustrations is about a young boy who wanted his father’s attention. He repeatedly approached his father begging him to play ball. His father was in a bad mood and was working intensely on a project that was already overdue. To get the boy out of his hair, he grabbed a magazine,...

Challenge to Love

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.”...