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  1. The Shepherd on the Search

    Irene said "When my daughter was small, birthdays (and presents) were a big thing, so she and I sat down one year - she was a toddle..." Read More
  • The Cast of the Christmas Story
    As a little girl growing up in a small town in Pennsylvania, I can remember my family all dressed up and going to our Christmas service with beautiful music and candles lit all throughout the church. My favorite part of the evening was singing along as loud as we could with the “Hallelujah Chorus.” Even though it may have only been 100 people, to my little-girl ears, it sounded like thousands of loud voices singing and praising God.
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  • The Cast of the Christmas Story
    Quirinius was not the nicest guy. Ambitious. Well-heeled. Driven.
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  • I’ve spent far more time than I’m willing to admit combing the internet, trying to find the perfect pair (or three) to enhance my holiday season experience. And while my own personal selection arrived yesterday (the last ones on this list, if you must know) here is a round-up of some of my faves.
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  • The Cast of the Christmas Story
    Why include Caesar Augustus? Why did God pick that as the fullness of time?
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  • My dad passed away three years ago, right in the heart of Christmas. Christmas carols that I had long treasured now played in mocking Muzak as we sat in the ICU waiting room. Frosty the Snowman window clings and garish tinsel seemed to sarcastically leer at me from the observation windows to my dad's room. I knew that these signs of the season had been placed there as an attempt to cheer up one of the most desperate places, but just as other events of those days seared themselves into my memory, so too did previously innocuous festive decor, imprinted dangerously with a traumatic and wrenching time. And this year we are facing our first Christmas without my father-in-law, who passed away this past spring.
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  • The Cast of the Christmas Story
    It is a delight to be allowed to speak in a Christmas devotion about Archelaus. It made me smile when his name came up.
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