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Wherever You Are

Wherever You Are

The angels said to the shepherds, “To you is born this day … a Savior.” And once the angels had gone, the shepherds headed into Bethlehem to see for themselves. What they found there was an exhausted young mother. A vigilant new father. And a baby. A baby lying in a...
Getting Ready for Christmas

Getting Ready for Christmas

We’re ready for Christmas. Oh we’ve got gifts to buy. There’s a house to decorate, parties to throw, and cards to send. So we still have lots to do before the big day arrives. But I had something else in mind when I said that we’re ready. The past year and a half has...
Looking into the Manger

Looking into the Manger

Christmas decorations went up especially early this year, even among some who are normally scrupulous about keeping the church’s liturgical seasons. No wonder. Times are tough. People need something to lift our spirits and give us hope. Lights and garland and baubles...
How We Get to Bethlehem

How We Get to Bethlehem

Mary and Joseph got imperial notice that they had to make their way to Bethlehem. Caesar Augustus had ordered a census. The authorities were forcing everyone to return to their hometown. Magistrates would add their names to the tax roles there. I imagine Joseph...
Discovering Jesus’ Midwife

Discovering Jesus’ Midwife

God was born. Just let that sink in. The architect of galaxies and protons, the maker of hard iron and tender flesh, the infinite, all-powerful source from which all things come to be and upon which the entire cosmos depends, became a human. And God did it just like...