Articles

  • 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 […]