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In the Beginning

Lillian Daniel

Christmas day has passed, and now we are left with the wrapping paper, the empty boxes and perhaps a few empty hearts.


Dragging the Stars Down to Earth

Donna Schaper

You can always just gaze and notice the Cosmos where you are.


Gift-Wrapped

John Edgerton

It's good (I suppose) to grow out of the thrill of materialism, but I've lost something too.


Deposed

Tony Robinson

Bad news/ Good news: we have been deposed from our self-made thrones, brought down from the high ground where we judge others while assuring ourselves of our perfect virtue. 


Jesus Wonder

Jennifer Garrison Brownell

Like mothers in every time and place, Mary sang for comfort, for hope and for survival. Her song became his song. And his song became the world's.


Thin Places

Richard L. Floyd

Unexpected encounters with the Holy seem to happen in times of crisis.


The Last Present Under the Tree

Molly Baskette

Advent is the last present under the tree, the one we can wonder about, the thing we haven't gotten that we most long for.


Too Busy for That

Emily C. Heath

Every year, in every church I have served, at least one faithful church member comes to me to let me know they won't be at Christmas Eve worship. 


Labs Can't Help But Leap 

Matt Fitzgerald

God exists to be worshiped, but at Christmas God comes to serve us.


I'm What?

Ron Buford

Mary's prophecy in this text is still coming true. People of the light still believe and work for it to this day.