christmas after"'Twas the day after Christmas and all through the room

Strewn wrappings were crying for use of a broom.

The children were scattered the friends' gifts exploring

Since now most of theirs were broken or boring.

'Jesus didn't say, "Come to me all who are crushing it, living your best life and I will give you rest."

He said, "Come to me all you are weary and I will give you rest."

If you're discouraged, tired, or weary, don't worry. That's exactly how Jesus expected you to come to Him.'


creche 2015Ah, dearest Jesus, holy Child,
Make thee a bed, soft, undefiled,
Within my heart, that it may be
A quiet chamber kept for Thee.

My heart for very joy doth leap,
My lips no more can silence keep,
I too must sing, with joyful tongue,
That sweetest ancient cradle song,

Glory to God in highest heaven,
Who unto man His Son hath given
While angels sing with pious mirth.
A glad new year to all the earth.

- Martin Luther

nativity"You can read every fairy tale that was ever written, every mystery thriller, every ghost story, and you will never find anything so shocking, so strange, so weird and spellbinding as the story of the incarnation of the Son of God."

- John Piper

angelornamentAfter some last-minute Christmas shopping with her grandchildren, my friend was rushing them into the car when four-year-old Jason said, "Grandma, Susie has something in her pocket." He reached in and pulled out a new red barrette.


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