“O Holy Night” and the End of Oppression

“O Holy Night” and the End of Oppression

I participated in a social media debate (yes, I know better) ranking classic Advent and Christmas hymns in the weeks leading up to Christmas Day. The lead candidate was “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.” This is understandable. The melodic, somber chords beautifully convey...
Why We Need a ‘Christmas Lens’ for 2022

Why We Need a ‘Christmas Lens’ for 2022

Our traditional journey from Christmas to Epiphany and beyond features a transition from looking at decorations to looking through an incarnational lens to see everything else. I hope I don’t outgrow my enjoyment of the lights and other decorations that enhance the...
An Empty Tree

An Empty Tree

Our Christmas tree is empty. For 26 years, our family has decorated a Christmas tree.  However, for some reason – and none of us truly really know why – we have left the Christmas tree empty this year. We have been traveling more this year than ever...