The Unexpected Gift

I arrived at the Post Office 9 minutes after it opened to find the line had already stretched beyond the front lobby and all the way to the door. I … Continue reading The Unexpected Gift

Everything is (Not) Awesome! What About Faith Then?

I used to think faith was a bit like optimism on crack, a Technicolor gala, resplendent with flashing lights and ear-splitting praise, maybe sort of like the Super Bowl half … Continue reading Everything is (Not) Awesome! What About Faith Then?

A Counterculture Christmas

I went to Costco the morning after Thanksgiving to buy dog food, milk, fruit…the basics. The problem is that I live in the shopping epicenter of Middle Tennessee. On the … Continue reading A Counterculture Christmas

Tea with Jinlan

“Come, let’s taste some tea,” she said. “Oh, ok…” I replied a bit nervously as I glanced down at my watch. “I am afraid I don’t have much time,” I … Continue reading Tea with Jinlan

Beautiful Imperfection

I used to be a Christmas tree tyrant.  You know, that woman who wanted the ornaments and ribbon to be placed just so- everything well coordinated, no gaps, a picture … Continue reading Beautiful Imperfection

Day 25- The Significance Of “70”: The Boy Jesus In the Temple

Where’s Jesus? One baffled frown mirrored in the face of another.  A skip of the heart.  A tremor of terror. I thought he was with you. The caravans of pilgrims … Continue reading Day 25- The Significance Of “70”: The Boy Jesus In the Temple

Day 24- “Out of Egypt I Call My Son”: A Priestly Line in Egypt

In the sands six miles north of Cairo, Egypt Hebrew inscriptions can be found among the ruins of an ancient city.  Jewish burial catacombs snake under the dunes.  This is Tell … Continue reading Day 24- “Out of Egypt I Call My Son”: A Priestly Line in Egypt

Day 23-“Her Children Are No More”: The Slaughter of the Innocents

This, as every post in this series, was written ahead of time and scheduled to be posted on the appropriate day.  I wrote this particular piece by the light of … Continue reading Day 23-“Her Children Are No More”: The Slaughter of the Innocents

Day 22- Two Dreams and a Midnight Flight

“Get up.” Moments earlier, there was the blackness of midnight, the stillness of village slumber. Then, sleep was riven by light and alarm. Joseph was no ordinary man. He was … Continue reading Day 22- Two Dreams and a Midnight Flight

Day 21- A Royal Welcome and Three Special Gifts

Herod held his paranoid, murderous impulses together long enough to craft a subtle plan. He would deceive the wise men from the east into finding the child and then revealing … Continue reading Day 21- A Royal Welcome and Three Special Gifts

Day 20- A Grand Entrance and a Perfect Storm: Flipping Herod’s Crazy Switch

A caravan of horses and camels rode through the streets of Jerusalem.  Men dressed in rich Parthian robes were flanked by guards wielding spears, swords, and shields.  They rode purposefully, … Continue reading Day 20- A Grand Entrance and a Perfect Storm: Flipping Herod’s Crazy Switch

Day 19- “A Star In The East”

Balaam was having a rough month complete with an angel of God, a talking donkey, and problems in his job.  He had been hired by the King of Moab to … Continue reading Day 19- “A Star In The East”