Our Jesus 

My wife has a fondness for miniature nativities, or manger scenes, as they are sometimes called. Twenty-five years ago she made small nativity figurines as gifts for her …  »

A life changed

One day I noticed that my dentist friend, Dr. Rina, was looking a bit sad.  We often meet for coffee, but today Rina wasn’t her usual bubbly self. I asked her what was wr …  »

Once upon a Christmas 

Christmas was God’s big splash, the greatest miracle ever—His love in the form of His only Son, Jesus, sent down to earth to lead us back to Him. And Christmas is still a …  »

Imagine a better Christmas

Ebenezer Scrooge and the Grinch—have you ever sympathized with them as the Christmas season approaches? Or perhaps not to that extreme, but maybe you’ve never felt the wa …  »

A meditative pause

December is by far my busiest month of the year. The days are filled with organizing events, recycling toys to give to needy kids, buying gifts, decorating the house, and …  »

My Sophomore Christmas

On the Christmas Eve of my sophomore year in college, I was trying, and failing miserably, to feel “Christmas fuzzies.” Part of it was that the excitement of my freshman …  »

Presenting Jesus

For me, one of the most exciting parts of Christmas is the presents. I know, Christmas is about so much more than gifts—yet the simple act of opening my presents and find …  »

Broken Decembers

As the Hallmark movie channel announced 40 new Christmas movies for their 2019 schedule, it occurred to me that few events get the expectation and hype that Christmas doe …  »

Thankful for the Memories

I remember when growing up as a boy in the USA, Thanksgiving was a holiday I looked forward to nearly as much as Christmas. I loved the fall season with its dramatic colo …  »

A New Start

My husband and I recently found ourselves on our own again. After raising ten children over 40 years, I didn’t see this coming! We’ve always been a close-knit family, but …  »

Not Perfect, But Right

Recently, I decided to attend some free knitting and crocheting classes offered at a local community center. The idea of learning new things is more appealing to me at 63 …  »

Love While I Can

Arguments with my parents marred my college years. We argued about how much time I spent on expanding my social life, my newfound love for television talk shows, my desir …  »

A Lesson in Kindness

A few years ago, our neighbors gave their female dog to a friend of theirs. Some time later, this old man died and the dog journeyed to our street, but our neighbors no l …  »