• 01-living-the-angels-message

    Living the angels’ message

    In this weary world of ours, it’s hard not to be overwhelmed by the recurring bad news of terrorism, war, natural disasters, and suffering. The message of Christmas—peace on earth and goodwill toward men—has never been more relevant. And yet I know I sometimes feel my efforts are like a drop of water in the […]

  • 02-the-gift

    The gift

    Christmas can be likened to a Christmas gift, where the giver is God, the gift is Jesus, and the recipient is both the whole world and each of us personally. The analogy is based on what is probably the best known and most important verse in the Bible, John 3:16. I’d heard the analogy many […]

  • 03-god-outdoes-himself

    God outdoes himself

    The baby’s first cry rings out, the umbilical cord is cut, and the proud parents and everyone else present—whether it’s an obstetrician and attendants in a gleaming hospital or a tribal midwife in a thatched hut—rejoice at the wonder they have just witnessed. The birth of Jesus on the first Christmas was all of that, […]

  • 04-through-a-glass-darkly

    Through a glass darkly

    The Bible tells us that we see through a glass darkly. This refers to our limited ability to grasp the full spiritual realities of heaven, but I believe that our limited perception also affects our ability to fully understand the hearts of others who we encounter here and now. We often fail to see others […]

  • 05-sand-clock

    The sand clock

    I went to my desk on Christmas Eve morning to find that our beloved sand clock glass had somehow broken. I threw it away, then fished it out again to take one last dramatic photo. Sand clocks have always held a fascination for me, especially this one. It was a gift to my wife last […]

  • 06-giving-christmas

    Giving Christmas

    It was Christmas Eve. I was in a hurry, trying to finish my work early and prepare for the evening with my family and friends, when the phone rang. I answered impatiently, “Yes, hello?” “Merry Christmas, Lilia!” the voice on the other end cheerfully exclaimed in accented English. “Cecilia?” I asked. “Merry Christmas! How are […]