December Solstice (a poem)

December Solstice Solstice darkness persists longer than sun’s extended rays which reach my fingertips eight minutes later than when they first sizzled out of their thermogenic home. Electromagnetic radiation warms cool blue earth, invisibly touches my skin. In the...

A Poem by Luci Shaw

    “…for who can endure the day of his coming?”  ~ Malachi 3:2   When an angel snapped the old thin threads of speech with an untimely birth announcement, slit the seemly cloth of an even more blessed event with shears of miracle, invaded the privacy...

The Wise and the Lowly

Something new burned in the sky that night; an astronomical object or some other supernatural phenomenon. Wise men from the east were aware of the usual night sky occurrences, and on this night, they knew something was different. They said later to Herod, after they...

How Many Kings (song)

This song below, called “How Many Kings,” is full of so much meaning.  I don’t hear it being played quite as much during the Christmas season, but it’s a lovely one to listen to. Lyrics: Follow the star to a place unexpected Would you believe...

Unwrapped

One year, not too long ago, my kids were participating in a White Elephant gift exchange at a Christmas party. We ended up wrapping a very tiny gift in a small box, and then wrapping that little box in a slightly larger box, and then wrapping that box in an even...

Christmas Music

The very first Christian music I ever bought was Amy Grant’s. After nearly 20 years (has it really been that long?), she recently released a Christmas album. I have not listened to that one yet, and I heard that a major retailer decided not to carry her album...

Wise Men and Journeys

  Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” 3 When...

Christmas Eve (by Christina Rossetti)

    God makes a promise in Genesis after Adam and Eve sin: And I will put enmity     between you and the woman,     and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head,     and you will strike his heel.  ~ Genesis 3:15   The promise spoken...