Great Expectations

“What more could I have done for my vineyard that I have not already done? When I expected sweet grapes, why did my vineyard give me bitter grapes?”‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭5:4‬ ‭ Ok, let’s talk smack. Christmas grapes – er, expectations, I mean. Hallmark movies are playing around the clock, dispensing sappy-sweet sentimental cookies and candy canesContinue reading “Great Expectations”

Angels Among Us

“Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified,”‭‭Luke‬ ‭2:9‬ ‭ Ok. So this isn’t an official angel. This is hubby, caught masquerading as one. But angels figure largely in the Christmas story. One appeared to Zechariah, who became John the Baptist’s father.Continue reading “Angels Among Us”

No Illusions

“For when you see me, you are seeing the one who sent me.”‭‭John‬ ‭12:45‬ ‭ A dream come true, this. Having long legs, I mean. What’s that? Fine. I’m well aware that these long legs are an illusion – a figment of my imagination. (Helped along by the low ray angle of the winter sunContinue reading “No Illusions”

It Goes Both Ways

““Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’””‭‭Matthew‬ ‭1:23‬ ‭ This is what the snow looked like this afternoon. Rather like a wee fuzzy polar bear, huh? Lumps and bumps and divets, all wearing a fur coatContinue reading “It Goes Both Ways”

Gift Fit for a King

“And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.” Romans‬ ‭12:1‬ ‭ This autumn view of my garden remindsContinue reading “Gift Fit for a King”

Under the Christmas Tree

“Ears to hear and eyes to see— both are gifts from the Lord.”‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭20:12‬ ‭ Thunderstorms are so sensory. The low rumble-grumble, the dramatic skies, the patter-smatter of raindrops to thirsty earth. Then silence. The sights and sounds of the land being replenished, the evidence of the global water cycle in action, the connection toContinue reading “Under the Christmas Tree”

One Child

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah‬ ‭9:6‬ ‭ These beautiful words were written in the eighth century BC. Imagine. Hundreds of years before Jesus wasContinue reading “One Child”

Becoming Mary

“Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her.”‭‭Luke‬ ‭1:38‬ ‭ This is Mary. Well, it’s a lily that reminds me of her. Same thing, right? Ish. This lily is beautiful. She is classy, but she doesn’t flaunt herself. Rather, she bends,Continue reading “Becoming Mary”

Light it Up!

“He is a light to reveal God to the nations, and he is the glory of your people Israel!””‭‭Luke‬ ‭2:32‬ ‭ Ok. I’ll admit it. I’m a light addict. This time of year, I have an evening ritual – it involves candles, a variety of lighters, battery strings, plug ins, timers – the works. HubbyContinue reading “Light it Up!”