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Oh Holy Night


The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness doesn’t extinguish the light.  (John 1:5) Merry Christmas.  My wish for you (and me) is that at some point today, we will stop and be quiet. Maybe it will be tonight when the festivities of the day have ended.  As Quinn Caldwell suggests:  “Wrap up warm and […]

Have A Silent Night


by:  Ginger Jurries Dr. David Jeremiah suggests a radical idea for enhancing your Advent devotional time: “In planning for Christmas this year, schedule a ‘silent night’ into your calendar: Repeat Samuel’s prayer:  ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening’ or David’s prayer: ‘Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things from Your law.’ (1 […]

Shared Memories

Christmas is an especially difficult holiday when there is an empty chair at the table following the death of a loved one.  The first Christmas after my lovely mother died there was definitely the sadness of an empty chair.  So we began our celebration by sharing stories about mom/grandma.  I ask each person, if they […]

How can we model the true meaning of Christmas with our families?


One way we can model Christian Caregiving at Christmas time is a tradition which we have done in our family for 20 years. Early in Advent we send each child and grandchild the following letter. Then on Christmas, each person describes the gift which he or she has chosen, and how the gift will help to improve someone’s life. Then on a large world map, the person indicates with a star sticker where her or his gift is going. Then he or she lights a small votive candle, which reminds us that we are called to be “lights” in God’s world.

What Can I Say To A Grieving Friend This Christmas Season? Part 1


From:  Liv Lane What Can I Say To A Grieving Friend This Christmas Season?  Here are some expressions that have comforted my family over the past year and some I’ve learned from friends who have experienced great loss, too… I am thinking of you. Sounds so simple, but it means so much to know someone out […]

I Remember


When there is a death in a family, Christmas can be so painful because everyone else seems so happy.  One mother says, “Watching their joy is bad enough, but the real pain is when our child’s name is not even mentioned; when no one recalls Christmases past, when my son was there with them, or […]

The Best Gifts to Give


Best Gifts for Christmas (or anytime) The African boy listened carefully as the teacher explained why it is that Christians give presents to each other on Christmas Day.  “The gift is an expression of our joy over the birth of Jesus and our friendship and love for each other,” she said. Then Christmas Day came, […]