Dear friends, merry Christmas and happy holidays to you and your families. During the holidays, those of us who have lost loved ones often feel a sense of sadness or loss, especially with observing traditions; there is an empty
Advent is celebrated on the four Sundays before Christmas Day. The focus of Advent centers on the Old Testament prophesies that tell of the coming Messiah. This prediction was prophesied 600 years before the Messiah’s birth. At that time, the
The Christmas hymn “O Come All Ye Faithful” is a universal favorite. First sung in Catholic churches, recent research has revealed manuscripts written as early as 1744 by Englishman John Wade.
For years, “O Come All Ye Faithful” was
“Joy to the World” is one of the most celebratory Christmas carols we sing. It emphasizes the elations that Christ’s birth brought to mankind. The carol was written by Isaac Watts and was originally titled “The Messiah’s Coming Kingdom.”
“Peace on Earth and good will to man” is the promise of Christmas and is the theme of the Christmas carol entitled, “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.”
This carol was written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in the
Christmas Carol Facts: “The First Noel”
The sound of Christmas is everywhere: on the radio in my car, the music in the mall. The familiar tunes even loop in my mind all night long. Joy to the world—the Lord
At the beginning of November, I took a much-needed break from technology. For a few days, I fasted from using my cell phone—that meant no calling or texting family or friends. It was a “solitary confinement” specifically and lovingly planned
Ever been ambushed by grief? On Monday we began talking about how to grieve through the holidays. If you missed the first five “lessons,” click here to catch up!
God is good. God’s goodness to me is not just a
Ever been ambushed by grief? This past weekend, I was enjoying an evening with my boyfriend, Jim, when suddenly grief snuck up on me and took me down without warning. Watching Christmas movies has been part of our family
“Prayer is the key that unlocks all the storehouses of God’s infinite grace and power,” says R.A.Torrey in The Power of Prayer. “All that God is, and has, is at the disposal of prayer. Prayer can do anything that God