Advent: December 10

Have you ever lost baby Jesus at Christmas? Well, we have. It happens almost every year at our house!  We finish decorating for Christmas and high five ourselves on a job well done. Then, we look at one of our nativity sets, realize the teeny tiny Jesus is missing,...

Advent: December 9

Fear lurks around every corner of life, each twist and turn, speaking constantly to our hearts. Think what Fear might have whispered to Mary — “You’ll be gossiped about, shamed, and rejected by your fiancé and family.” Around another turn: “This God-infant may not...

Advent: December 8

I once heard a phrase that stuck with me… “Bitterness is a choice.” As we eagerly anticipate the celebration of the greatest rescue mission of all time what if we chose to take our armor off? Letting go of the bitterness of what past holiday seasons looked like?...

Advent: December 7

Years ago, a sister by heart gave me a poem her mom had given to her decades before. I appreciated it at the time, but as time went by this poem became more and more meaningful. For the last few years, it has been a part of my daily morning prayers, so I’d like to...

Advent: December 6

Have you ever noticed that some people are really good at giving gifts while others are really good at receiving them? I have people in my life who are more in the “think of others and give them the best gift ever category”–me, not so much. As a natural...

Advent: December 5

“Sacrifice” is a word that we all associate with goodness, with virtue, with honor. It’s funny though, when I make a sacrifice, even a voluntary one, I’m not normally celebratory. More often than not, I’m grumbling or at the very least identifying myself as a person...

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Advent: December 4

Giving Joy a Second Chance. I was seven years old the first time I visited the Ocean City, NJ boardwalk. As we approached the House of Mirrors, my feet were frozen – I was mesmerized! I held my mother’s hand as ocean waves thundered up through the wooden planks...

Advent: December 3

A few weeks ago I walked in on a discussion between some of Journey’s stage production staff concerning what to do for Christmas at Journey this year. They chatted about what songs to play, what decorations to hang, even what the cover of the program should look like....