Dealing with Disappointment (at Christmas)

It is 100% certain that you will be dealing with people who have disappointed you during this holiday season. When we are around people who have disappointed us in one way or the other, a myriad of emotions are sent into frenzy by our brain. Particularly if these people who have hurt us are peopleContinue reading “Dealing with Disappointment (at Christmas)”

A (Blue) Christmas Prayer

Almighty God,Be with those who are dreading the Christmas season this year.Be with those for whom loss and despair occlude hope and light.Be with those facing empty chairs at their tables and those who will sit at their tables alone.Be with those for whom this season reminds them of where they have failed and whatContinue reading “A (Blue) Christmas Prayer”

Christmas is Messy

I don’t like messy things.  I like gleaming cars that look like you just drove them off the lot, straight offices featuring burled wood and immaculate homes that look they jumped out of a magazine.  I like weed-less, fresh trimmed lawns with perfectly edged sidewalks and landscaping that shows someone thought ahead.  I know thatContinue reading “Christmas is Messy”

A Dozen and One Pre-Christmas Hacks (2020 Edition)

A Dozen and One Pre-Christmas Hacks (2020 Edition) https://rememberbooks.wordpress.com/2019/11/25/dozen-survival-tips-for-holidays/ — Read on rememberbooks.wordpress.com/2019/11/25/dozen-survival-tips-for-holidays/

Following Up Your Christmas Week

Social Media is a great tool to keep up with what God is doing in churches far and near.  I love reading each and every glowing report! Many churches rebounded from 2020 attendance for Christmas Week and I rejoice with them! Clearly God was moving. Bam! However, failure to effectively follow up major “victories” (like aContinue reading “Following Up Your Christmas Week”

A Place to Stand as the Holidays Near

My constant temptation is to simply check out. Cash it in, retire, unplug, disconnect, disappear into the Smoky Mountains with Melissa and a Bible and have no idea who becomes President in the next election. The troubled state of the world, our unsettled country and divisions within my denomination make me sad. Not mad, justContinue reading “A Place to Stand as the Holidays Near”

Seven Christmas Week Hacks (how to stay sane at Christmas)

  Seven Christmas Week Hacks So it is Christmas week!  Here are some practical Christmas Hacks to help you navigate the hustle and bustle of the next five days! Slow it down Don’t fly through things. Think of Christmas like a great steak and not a bad hamburger.  Savor every bite.  Christmas is way tooContinue reading “Seven Christmas Week Hacks (how to stay sane at Christmas)”

Choosing Peace

Choosing Peace That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring greatContinue reading “Choosing Peace”

Dealing with People who Disappoint (At Christmas)

Dealing with People who Disappoint  It is 100% certain that you will be dealing with people who have disappointed you during this Christmas season (even if you are spending it alone).  When we are around people who have disappointed us in one way or the other, a myriad of emotions threaten to overwhelm us.  Particularly ifContinue reading “Dealing with People who Disappoint (At Christmas)”

Christmas Musings on Righteousness, Justice and the Kingship of God (From Psalm 97)

Christmas Musings on Righteousness, Justice and the Kingship of God Psalm 97: 1 The Lord is king, let the earth rejoice “The Lord is king” is a quite alien statement to those of us who live in a democracy and often inaccurately apply our democratic sensibilities to the Kingdom of God. We have this humanisticContinue reading “Christmas Musings on Righteousness, Justice and the Kingship of God (From Psalm 97)”