Category Archives: giving

Waiting for my Delivery

Just one more gift. That’s all I’m waiting for. I ordered it so that it would arrive by Christmas, but its not here yet. The confirmation email says it will arrive by 12/24, but every day that passes I begin … Continue reading

Posted in 2016, advent, children, Christ, Christmas, generosity, giving, hope, joy, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Savior

I usually look forward to that November email from Steve asking us to write a blog for Advent. I’m a talker, so I don’t struggle to find stories to share or thoughts to express. Give me 30 minutes and you’ve … Continue reading

Posted in advent, Christ, Christmas, giving, grace, hope, peace, prayer | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

O Come

O come, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel that mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appear.  Can you feel the ache, the longing, the sadness, the darkness? 400 years of silence between the books of … Continue reading

Posted in 2016, advent, Christ, Christmas, generosity, giving, grace, hope, joy, peace, prayer, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Waiting

I’ve been staring at that tree since Thanksgiving. It was decorated the day before, in between the careful simmering of the cranberry sauce and cutting butter into flour for apple pie crust. Seven and half feet tall, white lights, silver … Continue reading

Posted in 2016, advent, Christ, Christmas, generosity, giving, grace, hope, joy, peace, prayer | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Knit into a Family

Every year for Christmas my extended family, all 28 of us, gather together on Christmas Eve for soup, sandwiches and a white elephant gift exchange. Having lived and grown up in a city (Atlanta) where my extended family put down … Continue reading

Posted in 2016, advent, Christ, Christmas, giving, grace, hope, joy | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Great Expectations Come True

I was told by my mother that one of the last wishes of my grandmother was to live long enough to meet her first great grandchild. Marilyn and I had the great honor of fulfilling that wish when we introduced … Continue reading

Posted in children, Christ, Christmas, generosity, giving, joy, peace | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Coming

For many years I lived near Edwards Air Force Base in California. This afforded us some unexpected memorable moments. One of those moments was the landing of the space shuttle. Edwards AFB was the alternative landing spot for the shuttle … Continue reading

Posted in 2016, advent, giving, grace, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How Not To Gift

  My family is spread all over the country every year for Christmas. With my parents in Hawaii for a few Christmases, my grandparents in Florida, and the rest of us scattered between here and California, with absolutely no one … Continue reading

Posted in 2016, advent, Christmas, giving, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Making Room

“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.” Luke 2:10 On Thanksgiving Day I noticed on Facebook that a friend in ministry, along with his family, were hurting because they … Continue reading

Posted in 2016, Christ, Christmas, giving, grace, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Christmas Letter to the Mother of a Child with Special Needs.

For Christmas this year, I would like to put many presents under your tree. There is so much that you deserve. I would give you a box wrapped in bright red paper and tied with the big gold bow. In … Continue reading

Posted in 2016, advent, Christ, Christmas, giving, hope, joy, peace, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment