Christmas for me surfaces a mix of emotion. Joy bubbles up big time, yet suffering places also seem to surface in magnitude, maybe not outwardly, but deep down I feel them. Do you know what I mean? Behind our family picture, I rejoice big time! But don’t be fooled, there’s no perfect family. I acknowledge the bumps of struggle, celebrate the deep love that has been sown in hard places; all the victories and all the heartfelt memories that can’t be taken. The Lord has done great things, beyond my wildest dreams. I am overjoyed. Yet, if I’m honest, I have sorrow too. Deep down sorrow over brokenness; not just in the world, but in circles close by. I ache for … Continue readingChristmas Sparks Joy, Invites Hope
Poor grandma, she got run over by a reindeer? Who came up with this song? I’ve never been run over by a reindeer, but I’ve been run over by the world; some heartbreaks & some real disappointments. I know I am not alone. Grandpa & Grandma believed in reindeer. I believe we’ve all been run over! The ONE conceived by the Virgin Mary mends our hurts and will never run us over or let us down. Have you run into Jesus? It’s almost inconceivable, but believing is receiving. “In this world we will have trouble,” we do have trouble, it gets messy ~ but Jesus has “overcome the world” & He longs to live in our hearts & help us overcome, … Continue readingGramma Got Run Over?
Jesus said, “I am the Light of the World. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” (John 8:12) “We look for light, but all is darkness; for brightness, but we walk in deep shadows. Like the blind groping along the wall, feeling our way like people without eyes. At midday we stumble as if it were twilight; among the strong, we are like the dead.” (Isaiah 59:9-10) It’s hard walking around in the dark, we can easily lose our way. While we were stumbling around in the dark, The Light of the World entered in! It was on a silent and holy night. “Silent Night, Holy … Continue readingIt Was On a Silent Holy Night
Morning by morning our moods shift and our circumstances waiver, yet, the Son never changes and is still worthy of all our praise. The Son is the object of our Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is tied to the finished work of Jesus Christ on our behalf. There is always a reason to sing. A misty morning song ~ Sing songs, hymns and spiritual songs to the One who is with us in all places. He who looks with compassion on all our ruins, whose redemption waters pour over our wastelands and deserts. The One who places a crown of salvation on our unworthy heads. With us on the mountaintops and in the valleys, our escort to the shores of eternity. Forever faithful … Continue readingMisty Morning Thanksgiving Song