Tag Archives: Personal Accounts

  • 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 […]

  • 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, […]

  • 02-Love-in-the-workplace

    Love in the workplace

    No, I’m not talking about coffee break romances, but rather about whether it’s possible to run a successful business with love. An article in the Harvard Business Review suggests that it is.1 It uses the analogy of the computer. Love should be the operating system (OS), and the other business strategies—sales, marketing, distribution, etc.—the apps. […]

  • 04-Opportunities-for-love

    Opportunities for love

    There’s an important and easily missed form of love that’s manifested in the small matters. For example, helping a person in need, preferring them over ourselves, showing sympathy when someone is stressed or worried, offering a prayer, or being a listening and sympathetic ear. When we choose to take the time to stop and help […]

  • 05-God-s-touches

    God’s touches

    Not long ago, some friends of ours wanted to move to another country to explore new work possibilities and be closer to their family. Though they had countless difficulties throughout their preparations, including a last-minute complication at the airport, with the support of friends and the power of prayer, their move was a success. They […]