I was lingering over coffee with a friend this week when she suddenly said, "Why did God choose to come as a baby?" Yes, this is just one example of the delicious people I spend time with these days. I told her I genuinely did not know but nothing could be more surprising, unexpected or… Continue reading A Baby, Why?
Tis the season of gifts. You have your list and I have mine. Retailers are working as hard as they can to make sure we want to give what they have. Thankfully, our family's gift lists have been trimmed down over the years due to our intentional simplification. Today I found a picture of Christmas… Continue reading Tree Trauma
Redundancy alert! For those of you who have been around me a while or follow my blogs, articles, sermons and rants over the years, I'm going there again, to my favorite holiday topic. I almost didn't bring it up this year but I felt like someone out there might just need to hear this, said… Continue reading Subtle and Simple
Themes for me this year: Removing clutter in order to focus. Going small to be able to see. Downsizing schedule and scope to allow more spiritual space. Having a tiny Christmas. In the quiet space of this morning, I remembered an infant's touch. Isn't it amazing how from the minute a baby is born they know how to… Continue reading Barely There
Right now I'm looking at a vintage manger scene I have. It is about 4 inches tall and has just three figures in it, a camel, Joseph and Mary holding the baby. The baby is about 1/4th of an inch long. It is the only decoration I have in the room. I cannot tell you… Continue reading A Tiny Christmas
I'd just like to say "whew" now that the intense frenzy of the holidays is behind us. This year seemed especially full (in a good way) of decorating; family and friends gatherings; gift exchanges of all kinds; two out-of-town college graduation celebrations; 17 church services in 10 days (I'm not even kidding); welcoming our college… Continue reading The Gift of Normal
A couple of nights ago, it was cold and rainy here...and dark too. Our family was snuggled up by the fire watching a Christmas special and making our holiday to-do lists. Actually, it was more like a to-do chart. Our doorbell rang and we looked at each other, startled. It seemed too late for our… Continue reading Light in the Darkness