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Posts Tagged: Christmas devotions

Finding Peace

    “These will be his royal titles: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” ().     Yesterday a news broadcaster reviewed the past year’s many tragic headlines from North America and beyond. They told of floods and fires, plane crashes, the opioid crisis, mass shootings, genocide, displaced people, and war. The… [ read more ]

Encouragement For Those Who Find Christmas Difficult

  “These will be his royal titles: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (). Christmas is a time for celebration, but it can also be really tough when life brings change. Perhaps you’ve lost a loved one and you’re keenly feeling the pain of the empty place. Maybe you moved far from… [ read more ]

Jesus — Mighty God

    “These will be his royal titles: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)     Life being what it is, we sometimes face problems that appear insurmountable. We deal with circumstances that seem utterly impossible.   Perhaps Mary viewed her situation through that lens when the angel Gabriel said she… [ read more ]

Exhale Stress, Inhale Peace

  I haven’t written a blog for a couple of weeks, and for good reason: My daughter-in-law delivered a wee baby boy on December 6th—a month early. Baby’s lungs were underdeveloped, and as a result, he was immediately placed in the NICU. Our son phoned us with the news early that morning and said, “We… [ read more ]

What Difference Does “Immanuel—God is With Us” Make?

  Can you believe we’re already in December? It feels like this year’s raced past at breakneck speed. Christmas is only a blink away!   Our family keeps Christmas pretty simple, and I’m grateful. Doing so gives me the mental space to focus on Jesus as the real reason for celebrating this season. One of… [ read more ]

Celebrating Christmas Without Clutter

Christmas is almost here! In a few hours my husband and I, together with our eldest daughter and son-in-law, will begin the long drive to southern Alberta to celebrate Jesus’s birthday with my 85-year-old mom and my brother’s family. It’s been 16 years since we made that trek through the Rockies—the lapse due mostly to… [ read more ]