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Peace to Men on Earth

December 21st 2015 No comments yet  

field with lightsPart two of a series on “O Little Town of Bethlehem.” Click here to read part one

“For Christ is born of Mary,
And gathered all above
While mortals sleep, the angels keep
Their watch of wondering love.
O morning stars together
Proclaim the holy birth
And praises sing to God the King
And Peace to men on earth.”
~O Little Town of Bethlehem, verse two

Though angels were rejoicing and stars above were singing, Jesus’s first coming went nearly unnoticed to human beings—at first. A young girl giving birth in a barn was of no interest …

How Still

December 11th 2015 No comments yet  

purple skyI was at my fourth of sixteen Christmas parties before I remembered what I was celebrating this season. In a blur of baking and shopping and wrapping and toasting, I had flown by the meaning of Christmas in my Christian life. In case you find yourself in similar hysterics, I’d love to share with you what caught me by the arm and pulled me into a peaceful embrace.

Growing up, I fell in love with classic hymns, and even now they have the power to bring my heart home. This year, …

How Not to Have Peace

October 30th 2015 2 comments so far  

to-do-While I am a novice at maintaining peace of mind, I am an expert at shattering it. I wanted to share with you today how the Lord offers us peace, but I must first share what comes naturally to me—a tendency to crush all peace with anxiety.

Anxiety is an ongoing feeling of worry, fear, or unease; it is a feeling that something terrible is looming, even if no immediate threat is present. That is, of course, the opposite of peace, which here I will define as a sound mind in the …

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