• Posts Tagged ‘christmas’

    on the road to find out

    by  • December 28, 2009 • Uncategorized • 5 Comments

    Even though I went back to work on the second day of Christmas, I’ve been thinking more about what Christmastide means. Once we get to the manger, it seems, we find it hard to stay for very long. As far as the culture goes, our economy can’t afford for us to have too long...

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    this day after

    by  • December 27, 2009 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    It was some time after seminarymy best friend, Burt, got married,and then a few more years beforethey had a child. I remembercalling one day; he answered,saying he was lying on the bedlooking at the baby. I asked,“Do you ever look down and say,‘You’re going to stay here?’” Something about this day after,this morning beyond...

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    an altar in the field

    by  • November 28, 2009 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    We are suckers for Christmas movies around our house and, as a result, last night ended with us all watching Miracle on 34th Street (the John Hughes version) before we went to bed. In the commercial breaks, whatever channel it was kept talking about “The Countdown to the Twenty-five Days before Christmas,” which I...

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    still waiting

    by  • December 27, 2008 • Uncategorized • 4 Comments

    It’s early Saturday morning. Christmas is not even two days gone and already things are changing. Ginger drove out about an hour ago to take her parents back to Birmingham after their two weeks with us. Since the V. A. is going to provide Rachel with some money to pay for some home healthcare,...

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    advent journal: adding to the soundtrack

    by  • December 24, 2008 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    I missed blogging yesterday because I missed everything yesterday. Sunday night late I started throwing up and realized, as the fun continued through the night and into the morning, that food poisoning. Somewhere in the middle of last night, I realized it was over. For the last two days I have done little more...

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    advent journal: speaking words of wisdom

    by  • December 9, 2008 • Uncategorized • 3 Comments

    A number of years ago, Ginger and I had the chance to go to Israel with a group from our church in Winchester. We rode our bus all through Israel and Palestine seeing the places we had only read about, watching much of the Bible come alive in ways we could not have imagined...

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    advent journal: I love a parade

    by  • December 7, 2008 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    Ginger, Ella, and I went downtown for the annual Durham Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting. Here is Ella, up close and personal. If you needed proof that I live in the South, here it is: a Chik-fil-a float. We now live in the Bull City, so here are Ginger and Ella next to the...

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    advent journal: sentiment and sacrifice

    by  • December 6, 2008 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    I spent the day running errands, mailing a few A Faraway Christmas CDs, and picking up what we needed to do a couple of things on the house before my in-laws come in a little over a week, which means I drove a lot and had incidental conversations with people I don’t know. My...

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    a story for christmas

    by  • November 13, 2008 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    Several years ago, Ginger asked me to write a story for Christmas Eve. What came out of me was a Dr. Suess-ish sort of tale that has found a life in many places on Christmas Eves since. The story begins this way: As we gather together on this Silent Night,To sing ‘round the tree...

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    wise ones

    by  • December 29, 2007 • Uncategorized • 6 Comments

    Christmas was gonebefore they gotto the manger,with entourage “We saw his star in the east,” they said. Mary wondered whya sign from Goddidn’t get themthere on time “You missed the angel choir,” she said. Nevertheless theyknelt before the babe,offering gifts andhopeful hearts “What matters is we made it,” they said. Peace,Milton

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