Muddy Boots, Muddy Lives

No mother alive has not dealt with the problem of muddy boots.  You clean the floor; they track in dirt.  You sweep again; there is still more dirt.  Clean floors require unrelenting diligence.  Couldn’t they just leave their shoes at the door?  One would think so, but it just doesn’t happen. Muddy boots don’t just…

Faithful is He

Faithful is He Who has called me. Faithful, in Him I stand. Faithful in all He has promised – I’m kept by His mighty hand. Though this old world may be changing, shifting on sands that slide, I will walk on in His presence, for He is my faithful Guide. When sorrows appear overwhelming, and…

What Does Kindness Cost?

Read II Samuel 9 – King Saul is dead.  Jonathan, Saul’s son, is dead.  Not by David’s hand.  He attempted to protect them both, but they did not survive the battles of the Israelites. Now, David is King.  By God’s direction and sovereignty, the kingdom has passed from the family of Saul to David. Any…

Christmas Welcome

A tiny stable, primitive and crude, transformed into a nursery for the King. No less my sin-scarred heart, though fragile and broken, opens to welcome His Majesty. Luke 2:1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. 2 (And this taxing was…

A Baby’s Cry

Into the darkness came The Light wrapped in the clothes of a child. Into the hatred love was born held by a virgin, mild. Peace, goodwill from the mighty God proclaimed to a world awry. Grace and mercy, joy and hope all heard in a Baby’s cry. John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and…

A Christmas Prayer

Like the angels, may my heart burst forth in praise at Your coming. Like the shepherds, may I quickly follow You to share Your good news with the world. Like Mary, may I willingly submit to Your plan for my life. Like Joseph, may I trust Your word over the norms of the day. Like…

What are You Expecting for Christmas?

Through the years the people of Israel waited for the Messiah.  The time was long, and the years were hard.  Many became cold.  Devotion turned to legalism.  Expectation turned to apathy.  When would He come? Then, at a time least expected, in a way that was at odds with the desires of the people, He…

Christmas Questions

Was the night still?  Was there peace and calm? Did the night breeze breathe an evening psalm, When Joseph and Mary came into the town To look for a place to stay? Or were they like us, caught up in the crush Of the throngs and fears and the constant push, When Joseph and Mary…