December 25, 2017

A thousand times in history a baby has become a king, but only once in history has a king become a baby. (Often quoted but source unknown) The Incarnation is fundamental to the Christian faith. Manger scenes often give people tender thoughts...

December 24, 2017

From home to home and heart to heart, from one place to another, the warmth and joy of Christmas brings us closer to each other. (Emily Matthews, poet and writer) Many families celebrate the holiday on Christmas Eve. While there may be a...

December 23, 2017

Love the giver more than the gift. (Brigham Young, late religious leader) With Christmas just two days away, the excitement may be building—especially in the hearts of the children as they anticipate the gifts they’ve asked for. Parents hesitate...

December 22, 2017

You can observe a lot just by watching. (Yogi Berra, late All-Star major league baseball player). Berra was known for his malapropisms (misused words), but sometimes there’s wisdom in them. As he implied, we often see but don’t fully comprehend...

December 21, 2017

Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them. (Albert Einstein, late world-renowned scientist) Though we are created equal (US Declaration of Independence), we don’t all have equal skills or talents. We experience certain limitations when we try...

December 20, 2017

Not knowing how or what could fill the deep longing of our soul is a gnawing ache. (Lysa Terkeurst, Devotional writer) “Empty is a heavy load to bear,” Terkeurst writes. She says that such “a search can seem both futile and shattering at times.”...

December 19, 2017

Do for someone what you wish you could do for everyone. (Andy Stanley, pastor & TV preacher) We live in a troubled world, and whether it’s somewhere across the oceans or in our own neighborhood, we see many people with great needs. We wish we...

December 18, 2017

At Christmas, all roads lead home (Marjorie Holmes, late columnist and author) It’s just one week till Christmas, and many folks are planning their trips “back home” to join their families. Christmas stirs many memories, and we often long to...

December 17, 2017

The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you. (John H. Southard) Getting even seems to be an innate reaction when we’ve been mistreated or hurt in some way. Of course, we don’t try to just get even; most...

December 16, 2017

The unexamined life is not worth living. (Socrates, 4th century B.C. Greek philosopher) We often hear a lot about accountability, but we don’t see much of it. Is it because so many people seem to be living their lives with their own agenda and no...

December 15, 2017

Hope: a wish or desire supported by some confidence of its fulfillment. (American Heritage Dictionary) “I hope so” is often what we say when there’s something we really want to happen. It might be just a wish, or it could be something we have our...

December 14, 2017

Embrace the current season of your life. (Gabrielle Blair, designer and author) Some people long for another time or circumstance that they think would help them to be happy and more productive. Looking forward to another season rather than...

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