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These posts are about searching for Jesus during Advent. From decorations to Christmas songs, we can see God if we look for Him.

Christmas Preparation

Earlier this week, the faculty and staff at the school where I work, joined together to have a baby shower for one of our own. Now, it’s been a long time since I have spent much time with a pregnant lady, so spending the last few months watching a young, excited, happily married, mother-to-be, grow … Continue reading »

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Just As We Are

Next Sunday afternoon at our church, we will have our 2nd Annual Family Christmas Pageant. All of our members and anyone else who wants to come is invited to participate. We have a designated Mary and Joseph, two teenagers and we have some wise men, a few adults. Everything else is up for grabs. We … Continue reading »

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Remembering the Heart of Christmas

Working in the office at an elementary school, I interact with lots of parents and grandparents, and visitors in general. This time of year, I have observed one regular question. The question my co-workers and I often get is, “Are you ready for Christmas?” It’s a common, polite question, and for most people, it means … Continue reading »

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Leaning into the Light

During our sermon last Sunday, our pastor pointed out that Christmas is a time when our joys seem much brighter than usual. He also pointed out that our sorrows are much deeper. I don’t think anyone would disagree with that statement. Many people feel much happier at Christmas than any other season. Sometimes it’s the … Continue reading »

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The Peace of Christmas

We are in the second week of Advent and our focus as the “Church,” is supposed to be on peace. The concept seems almost laughable at the moment, with protests and division all around us. I’ve read more than one account of families actually cancelling their Thanksgiving dinners because the rift and division caused by … Continue reading »

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Living with Purpose

As my hubby and I were walking into Walmart last weekend, there was a bell ringer there for the Salvation Army. I have a ton of respect for those guys, standing out in the cold or the rain or sometimes both. They stand there ringing a bell, for hours on end, for a cause much … Continue reading »

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December Reflections

Today is the first day of December. The Christmas season is well underway. I’m hearing Christmas songs playing on the radio. I’m seeing houses decorated with lights. I’m seeing cars, with trees strapped to the top. That always makes me smile. I have seen a huge board outside our cafeteria, full of wishes of children … Continue reading »

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In Preparation

I have two Facebook friends who have recently had babies. They shared their journeys from first announcing their pregnancies, to showing their growing baby bumps with each passing month. There was great joy in every shared photo. Then there were showers when well wishers gathered to give gifts in celebration and preparation of the lives … Continue reading »

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A Christmas Prayer

My children are out of school for the Christmas holiday, so I’m going to take a couple of weeks off to spend as much time as possible with them and the rest of our extended family. I pray that anyone who reads this will have a peaceful and meaningful Christmas. I pray that if you … Continue reading »

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Lessons from Mary and Joseph

In an attempt to keep fresh in my mind what Christmas is truly about, I recently read through the Christmas story in Luke and Matthew. I really gave some thought to who Joseph and Mary were and what qualities they had as human beings that would allow God to choose them to raise His son. … Continue reading »

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