It was our first Christmas in Fairview Heights. Late December 1997. We had run down to DuQuoin for a holiday Friday/Saturday gift exchange with my mom and dad. When we arrived at the parsonage late Saturday night, it was clear something was wrong at 9 Keelan Drive. I left the family in the car andContinue reading “Christmas is Still Happening”
There were some famous doubters in the Bible. When Abraham heard God was going to bless his ninety-year-old wife Sarah with a son, he fell on his face and had a belly laugh. God gave him a son anyway. When twelve spies went into the Promised Land to get a report, ten of the spiesContinue reading “Christmas Doubters”
Have you noticed the wide variety of things people put in their yards to celebrate Christmas these days? Certainly the nativity-scape seems more cluttered than when only baby Jesus and Santa struggled for it just a generation ago. When our kids were growing up, we would sometimes drive around at night in mid-December and lookContinue reading “Christmas Lights (and the Rolling Plastic Joseph)”
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