Category Archives: Christmas

A Nativity Blessing, Manger Blessing

Here they are again in front of us. And here we are again. They are presented to us for our adoration and our emulation. We call them the “holy family.” Over here is “Silent Joseph” whose words are not heard … Continue reading

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Christmas: The Waiting Is Over

The waiting is over.  The waiting is truly over. The clock stopped The bus arrived The pot is boiling The movie started The bill’s been paid The alarm clock is buzzing Godot is standing in front of you The cat’s … Continue reading

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Kids Show Us How To Age

They are carefully held at birth, some in proverbial swaddling clothes, fed often, night light turned on, homework completed, learning not to just print, small tasks are assigned to begin testing the waters, ironing and folding are folded into their … Continue reading

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Angels in the Snow

Bright and early we’re outside all bundled up with the sun shining and mounds of snow still on the ground.  The cold air doesn’t even register against our bodies as it will many years later.  (“Wind chill” wasn’t invented yet.) … Continue reading

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Air-Miles for Jesus

Frank Sinatra knows what he’s singing about.  It’s not about the destination but it’s all about the flight.  “Come, fly with me.”  Flying “Coach” is the one who takes little risks, says the right things and ruffles very little feathers … Continue reading

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Christmas Wish List

The waiting is over.  The waiting is truly over. The clock has stopped The bus has arrived The pot is boiling The movie’s started The bill’s been paid The alarm clock is buzzing The doctor will see you now The … Continue reading

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Scrooge: P,P&F

Pretend to be Scrooge for a few paragraphs.  Put on his heavy, black coat, sleeping cap and one faintly lit candle and seat in a dank room with a smoldering fire facing you. All right, don’t pretend; it’s not very … Continue reading

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An Anticipating Culture

I don’t know about the rest of the world but here in the U.S. we just can’t wait.  The sad part is probably because of exhaustion from all planning once the event has arrived it’s completely forgotten. We already know … Continue reading

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Straw for Jesus

Joseph and Mary tried their best to prepare for their Bethlehem trip and be counted along with all the other Jews in the area.  (Why should they be left out of retirement benefits!)  Joseph smoked as many Old Gold cigarettes … Continue reading

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A Christmas Message

“It’s a miracle,” we’d say to our family and friends.  “It’s a miracle, the birth of God’s Son into our broken and troubled world.”  It’s a miracle. Unfortunately, we’d all be wrong.  There is no miracle today.  I’m not being … Continue reading

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