2017

  • 01-prince-peace2

    The Prince of Peace

    Sometimes it feels like the world is getting darker and colder all the time. When the sun sets, we look for some ray of hope. That hope is here. Two thousand years ago, over the town of Bethlehem, a new star shone and an angel proclaimed to a group of shepherds, “Behold, I bring you […]

  • 02-The-light-of-christmas

    The light of Christmas

    I was gathered with friends in a living room full of Christmas decorations. There were refreshments on the coffee table, and we were singing Christmas carols together. What could be more typical? But I live in Southeast Asia, and I was surrounded by local friends and was attempting to sing “O Holy Night” in a […]

  • 03-Christmas-rush

    Christmas rush or Christmas reason? 

    A few Christmases ago, as I was standing in the doorway of a department store, enjoying a lovely Nativity scene in a store window, a mother and her little girl came hurrying by. Catching a glimpse of the beautiful scene, the child grabbed her mother’s hand and exclaimed, “Mama! Mama! Please let me stop for […]

  • 04-the-everlasting-light

    The everlasting Light 

    The Christmas when I was six years old, I learned a poem titled “Where Jesus Was Born.” The poem tells the story of three boys who went to see Jesus. One was blind, another was deaf, and the third was lame. Despite their infirmities, they helped one another make their way to the manger where […]

  • 05-Christmas-prequel

    Christmas prequel

    The Gospel of John doesn’t tell the story of Jesus’ birth, but it tells us the prequel—the story that precedes what we are told in the birth narratives. This Gospel takes us back to the beginning, before our world existed, and tells us something about our Savior that was true well in advance of His […]

  • 06-A-real-tree

    A real tree 

    We children had always wanted a real Christmas tree—a tall, lavishly decorated one, like other families had. It would have “singing” lights, silver tinsel, and glass ornaments dressing its snow-topped branches. And of course, the space beneath it would be overflowing with presents. But as another December came, our living room remained bare. New Christmas […]

  • 07-Christmas-is-for-kids

    Christmas is for kids

    At the heart of Christmas is the Child of Bethlehem, who was born into this often cold, hostile world to warm us with His heavenly Father’s love. It was a child who began the first Christmas celebration, and it is children who keep it alive in their own special ways. Adults know this. Christmas brings […]

  • 08-Christmas-candy

    Christmas candy 

    Christmas is approaching, and I’ve been thinking about colorful lights, Christmas trees, presents, Christmas carols, church bells, and most importantly, the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. And for some reason, I’ve also been thinking about the colorful hard ribbon candy, chocolate drops, candy canes, chocolate-covered cherries, and little square hard-candy treats of my childhood […]

  • 09-The-star-singers

    The star singers

    When my children were young, we read about an old tradition that existed in various parts of Europe since the Middle Ages. Groups of children and young people would go house to house singing Christmas carols and sometimes collecting donations for charitable purposes. So we started doing it too. In the beginning, it took a […]

  • 10-silent-nights

    Silent nights

    Weary. That used to be my word for December. Yes, I know it doesn’t convey the true wonder of the season. But the days are hard and long, and by this time of year, I have 300-plus behind me. I just wish the year wouldn’t race past me and leave me feeling totally spent—and still […]

  • 11-The-ultimate-proof

    The ultimate proof

    How quickly Christmas has come again! The days, weeks, and months fly by, and I end up being both surprised and resigned to reaching another Christmas season. Not that I dislike Christmas! I love the beautiful familiar carols, the vibrant cheeriness, and the ability to wish both friends and strangers well with impartiality. And yet, […]

  • 12-why-i-came-to-earth

    Why I came to earth

    When I came down on Christmas Day, it wasn’t to attend a party or pick up gifts from friends. It wasn’t part of a school field trip, or to get a good deal at a stable. What could I have possibly wanted, already having the world at My fingertips? Well, what I wanted was you—and […]