• 4 ways to jumpstart the last minute holiday spirit.

    Whew!  So that was the longest night of the year.  I am not at all unfamiliar with its is like to be stuck in a night that does not seem to want to end.  Sometimes the darkness is a habit of thinking that is hard to break. This far in to the holiday season there are always a few folks who want to be in the spirit of things but just haven’t got there yet. Well the night is over.  The sun returns and I think surprise is an important part of a complete breakfast.  So here are a couple ideas to get the ball rolling. 1) Shock yourself: Some gifts you…

  • The Better Angels of Juarez’ Nature

    I always thought glitter would play an important part in the revolution. In Juarez, Mexico members of a small church put it on their faces and their hand made wings. This is standard for for a lot of Christmas pageants but these angels aren’t about to sing in the annual cantata. They are headed downtown Juarez. What they are planning to do really puts teeth and nails in hope.

  • Actually, Yeah. Mary Did Know.

    I love the songs that capture what horror it must have felt like to be a teenage girl who God had chosen for, well, anything.   I feel both a sense of honor and terror every time I think that there is good on earth God would have me do. So songs like “Breath of Heaven,” by Amy Grant and “Mary Did You Know,” by Mark Lowry tap into our sense of how overwhelming we would have been and how overwhelmed we are right now.  Through our eyes we can only imagine such a call to be suffocating, full of fear.  This, however, is not at all like the song…

  • 29 Days of Hope: Day 17, Ten Years of Christmas Eggs

    Ten years ago this year, Christmas was trying its hardest to suck.   With one family member in jail, this was not going to be business as usual and so we knew there was a lot of work to do to make sure the holiday didn’t crash and burn. More importantly we had to still be attentive to what the holiday means for us as a family.  It turned out to be one of the most memorable Christmases ever, and not in a horrible way.

  • 29 Days of Hope: Day 15, Pink is the New You.

    In contrast to American Christmas traditions, for Christians, Advent is a season of repentance, or paring down, making room.   It might seem like a bummer to have to dial back when all of the holiday festivities are just winding up. But there is a rhythm to this madness that has made Advent my favorite times of year and  it has a lot to do with the color pink.