Tag Archives: Advent

Born

When we had our first child, my husband and I wondered how we would know what to do as our daughter grew older. We had no idea what to do with a ten-year-old, much less a teenager. Fortunately, she didn’t … Continue reading

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Sheltered

Finally, a place to rest. Mary and Joseph, having found no room for them in Bethlehem, settle into a stable for the night. It’s not a great option. It’s not even a good option, but it was shelter and would … Continue reading

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Rejected

She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:7 We were traveling home from Colorado one year and decided to drive as far as we … Continue reading

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Called

Turns out that being comfortable is not always in God’s plan for us. When Mary was nine months pregnant with Jesus, there was an order that went across the land. In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus … Continue reading

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Recognized

Don’t you love when you get a haircut and people are trying to figure out what is different about you? Is it your glasses? A new shirt? Something’s different, but they just can’t put a finger on it. We can … Continue reading

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Welcomed

We left Joseph and Mary in a state of rejection. Yes, there was mercy, but in the end it looks like each of them have rejected the other. Mary is pregnant and not by Joseph. Joseph will not raise the … Continue reading

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Dismissed

Her husband Joseph, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly. Matthew 1:19 So often, Joseph is overlooked or only briefly mentioned in the events leading up to Jesus’ birth. … Continue reading

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Betrothed

This weekend, we entered into the season of Advent. It’s a beautiful season of waiting, anticipating, and remembering. In keeping with the theme, we will wander slowly through the story of Jesus’ birth, stopping along the way to examine the … Continue reading

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True Thanksgiving

As we bring this month to a close and step into the season of Advent, we are reminded that all gratitude comes from the abundance we have in God. The water that turned into wine at the wedding in Cana … Continue reading

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Everyone needs an Elizabeth

Sometimes, we just want to be understood. Mary is visited by an angel, and goes straight to see Elizabeth. Immediately, Elizabeth greets her with understanding and insight. “Yes, I see what you see.” “Look, I have something unbelievable in my … Continue reading

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