It’s that time of year again—the one we wait for, plan for, and countdown to starting December 26 of last year. Christmas is a lot of people’s favorite season. Everyone seems to be so joyful and kind. As wonderful as it is in most cases, it seems to be a little extra sweet for children. When I was a child, this time of year was filled with more excitement and expectancy than my Christmas pajamas could handle. The lights, the cookies, the Toys R Us special catalog all had me wishing it was Christmas every day.
As I get older, Christmas is all that and more to me because I realize what a wonderful meaning there is attached to it and why we celebrate. Children often associate Christmas with Santa, gifts, and snowmen, but as our reality changes with age, … Read More »
If you have ever traveled for a long period of time, you know how important it is to find a place to rest when night falls. On a summer road trip with a friend a couple years ago, one of the highlights was being gifted the opportunity to stay in a five star, luxury hotel. I wanted to hug every staff member, guest, and wall because I was so blissfully happy. We had complimentary valet parking, a view of the city, a lavish room with all the amenities and charms, fruit infused water, and other normally unnecessary features. We were living large to say the least.
This stay was not the usual though. Along my journeys I have checked into some spaces that had me questioning the human race and security of those particular cities. It was less than perfect and … Read More »
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Imagine along with me. Somewhere in the heavenlies, long before this world existed as we know it, we find God holding a small pulsating light of life. Michael and Gabriel gather near to catch a glimpse of this curious, never before seen form.
“What is it, Master?” asks Michael.
“It is something special,” replies the Creator. “There will be many, and each will contain a portion of My being,” He explains.
“They are not the same as us?” asks Gabriel.
“No, they are not. They will exist a little lower than you. They will be confined to only one universe, dwell in the realm of time, and they will exist in different stages of time. Each will have a specific purpose for when and where I place them. However, they will be free to make their own choices with the … Read More »
Every year Christmas rolls around with a healthy amount of fanfare and multicolored lights. And every year I feel myself steeling myself mentally for the chaos that is bound to follow. Maybe I’ve just been burned by the retail life I’ve worked in for eight plus years, or maybe I’ve just let the retail life have too much impact on the beautiful possibilities this season brings. Either way, this is where I found myself this season when I happened upon this trail of thought.
We know Mary. We sing songs about her and recognize her as an incredible part of the Christmas story. We wonder how she felt, we admire her strength and bravery, and all of that is well founded. But today when I was reading through the Christmas story I couldn’t help but feel for Joseph.
Joseph was described as … Read More »