Category: Christmas

Surprised by Grace: Anna

Shortly after Jesus’ birth, Joseph and Mary take Him to the Temple according to the Law of Moses.  They meet with Simeon and receive his blessing and prophesy.  Afterwards, they encounter an old woman who virtually made the Temple her home.  Her name was…

Surprised by Grace: Simeon

The prophets of Israel longed to know about which they spoke. Peter wrote of them, Of this salvation the prophets have inquired and searched carefully, who prophesied of the grace that would come to you, searching what, or what manner of time, the Spirit…

Surprised by Grace: Mary

All of us know the story of Mary the mother of Jesus. The Scriptures speak highly of her and give us many details about her. She fearlessly stood with her Son before the cross as He died for our sins. She prayed in the…

Surprised by Grace at Christmas

And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.” — Matthew 1:21 Have circumstances entered into your life that totally disrupted it? Then consider the story of Jesus’ parents. Joseph…

The Shepherd Comes at Christmas

Shepherds ponder their legacy – to some a pitiful stain on history. Unlike seeing the evening with anticipation of a promising morn no contemplation of hope lies before them – they grow accustom to the stench of sheep as the flock lingers on them…

Harold Sings a Christmas Solo

Harold waited with intense anticipation just inside the gate. His time finally arrived. The others in the orchestra were flying high with passionate excitement. All of them had finely tuned instruments and practiced intently every moment they could for this very special day. Harold…

Contemplating Christmas

Campers with packs and tents fade into the white-laden wilderness for several days stay with unnoticed disturbances of crackling branches falling from the snow’s weight and distant rustling of night visitors wandering among the firs and pines as darkness makes the snow appear as…

Why the Rush to Get Past Gratitude? Some Words on Thanksgiving

Finally, Thanksgiving has come, and in a flash is disappears into the past.  Most spend their time cooking, eating, shopping, watching football, parades, and other shows of interest.  Family and friends make their way into our homes, consume turkey, chicken, or other similar dishes. …