Category Archives: Advent

What’s In It for Me?

Did Joseph wonder why God used a hateful order from an hated ruler to fulfill prophecy that the Messiah be born in Bethlehem? I wonder if Joseph moaned, “All this, and taxes too!” Isaiah 55:9 (ERV) My ways are higher … Continue reading

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What Will People Think?

Maybe Joseph worried that other people would think he was a wimp, or crazy, or foolish for heading to Bethlehem with Mary. Scripture says otherwise: Matthew 1:19, 24  (ERV) Joseph, was a good man . . . he did what … Continue reading

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The Road to Bethlehem: Joseph

  Imagine that you’re Joseph, on the road to Bethlehem. What would you be saying to God?     What will people think? What’s in it for me? Your will be done There’s solid and steady Joseph, on the road … Continue reading

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All Come and Adore Him

    Sometime over this weekend, I’m guessing, you will sing, “O Come, All Ye Faithful.”   When you do, pray, O come all ye faithless, all who do not believe. Come and believe. Come and adore. Come now, or … Continue reading

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Count ‘Em

    Count Your Blessings meets Joy to the World:     “And wonders, and wonders of his love.” Count his many wonders . . . “Name them one by one,  and it will surprise you  what the Lord has … Continue reading

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God Rest You Merry, Noble Women

  To my female readers— Do you feel left out of this Christmas carol?   God rest you merry, Gentlemen, Let nothing you dismay. Not to worry, God’s got it covered–in the well-known description of the wife of noble character: Proverbs … Continue reading

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Let’s All Sing, “Away in a Manger”

  OK, call me fickle. Yesterday I criticized Away in a Manger. Today, I want us to sing it. Together. Often. All the verses. What’s with that? Tucked away in the third verse is the best prayer ever. For everyone. … Continue reading

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Away in a [Not So Pristine] Manger

  I gotta admit–Away in a Manger bugs me a bit. It makes the stable and manger seem sweet. Lullaby sweet. And I have second thoughts.   The only good thing about birthing a baby in a stable is that it … Continue reading

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Hark! It’s the Doxology

    We sing the Doxology every Sunday:   “Praise Him above, ye heavenly host.” Sing, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing–same thought, slightly different words: “Christ, by highest heaven adored.” And we get to sing alongside that heavenly host: Glory … Continue reading

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Hark! The Words Shine Forth Today

    Handy Hubby hung swags of colored lights along our back fence. I look into the darkness and see a path of lights along the edge of our property. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing is a set of beautiful … Continue reading

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