With Great Power…

With Great Power…

You’ve probably heard the popular saying, “With great power comes great responsibility.” Many people throughout history have been credited with this quotation or something similar, but my personal favorite is Ben Parker, Spiderman’s uncle. The idea of a teenage boy suddenly being given great power and needing to learn the responsibility that goes along with […]

God’s Plan for our New Year

God’s Plan for our New Year

We all want to begin the new year with a fresh start, a clean slate, a new planner with blank pages. We clean the house, get rid of all the unworn clothes in our closet, and make a list of habits that are going to be our new habits. And then by February 1 we’ve […]

Atmosphere and Immanuel

Atmosphere and Immanuel

Christmas is about atmosphere. We all have the atmosphere ingredients that stir us. Cinnamon scented pinecones, or the smell of a fresh tree. Christmas music, children’s excitement over presents.  The muted glow of Christmas lights in a dark room, or the flicker of candlelight. Something warm from the oven – pumpkin pie, or sugar cookies, […]

Waiting Leads to a Birth

Waiting Leads to a Birth

Sometimes I wonder what was in Mary’s mind as she traveled the dusty road toward Bethlehem. For me, those last days before my children’s births were always marked by a deep settling into myself. It was as if I had drawn an invisible circle around myself and my child, narrowing my attention to the subtle […]