Reflections on Christmas and the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Advent: Hope, Peace, Joy, Love and The Light of the World With Advent candle lit, I sink comfortably into the corner of my sofa. A sip of coffee warms the room, soothing my nose with pumpkin spice. Wrapped in security, the blanket snuggles my chin, as I read the morning’s devotion. I am comfortable, safe and warm, and so are my children. My imagination conjures up a different setting, facing war and devastation. In Jordan, where I was just a month ago, I remember gazing across the skyline from the rooftop of a three-story church building. I could see the mountains of Syria on the horizon, a place of torment for millions and still home for many living in fear. HOPE: The First Week of [...]

By | 2017-09-05T20:12:09+00:00 December 20th, 2016|Categories: Learn and Apply|Tags: , , , |

From Crisis to Compassion

Christmas wasn’t supposed to be terrible. My husband, Chris, slipped his hand around my waist and we smiled, looking at our kids playing with their new toys on top of all the strewn wrapping. We exhaled and congratulated each other on giving our kids another Christmas to Remember. And then: “You got more presents than me! That’s not fair!” “Your present cost more than mine! That’s not fair!” “I think you should give one of your presents to me! This Is not fair!” Our faces went slack. What happened? They knew Jesus was the Reason for the Season.  We read the Bible story an hour ago. We had more Nativities than Santas. Where did this ugly entitlement come from? How did our kids miss the [...]

By | 2015-12-14T05:30:36+00:00 December 14th, 2015|Categories: Learn and Apply|Tags: , |

Christmas: From Crisis to Compassion

Christmas wasn’t supposed to be terrible. My husband, Chris, slipped his hand around my waist and we smiled, looking at our kids playing with their new toys on top of all the strewn wrapping. We exhaled and congratulated each other on giving our kids another Christmas to Remember. And then: “You got more presents than me! That’s not fair!” “Your present cost more than mine! That’s not fair!” “I think you should give one of your presents to me! This Is Not Fair!” Our faces went slack. What happened? They knew Jesus was the Reason for the Season.  We read the Bible story an hour ago. We had more Nativities than Santas. Where did this ugly entitlement come from? How did our kids miss the [...]

By | 2014-12-11T05:30:51+00:00 December 11th, 2014|Categories: Stories, Learn and Apply|Tags: , |

The Lies That Hijack My Christmas

My husband and I have been talking about what it would mean for us to downsize Christmas. We aren’t unique. It seems like there are a lot of voices advocating for this lately. And for good reason. The day that is meant for celebrating the birth of our Savior has been hijacked. For some of us, it has been hijacked by four or more sets of parents, stepparents, grandparents and in-laws expecting “quality time” in one day. For some of us, it has been hijacked by gift-giving. And by gift-giving, I mean parking lot wars, Black Friday mobs, must-have toys, and credit-card debt. […]

By | 2014-12-04T05:30:03+00:00 December 4th, 2014|Categories: Learn and Apply|Tags: , , |
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