The day after Christmas is the release date for my son’s next book, 100 Cupboards. You mustn’t miss it. It’s a very exciting adventure. And can you tell? I’m so very pleased! (Be sure to click on the cupboard doors when you go look at the Random House web site.)
If you would like to read a very good explanation of Mary’s Magnificat, I heartily recommend Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ My Soul Magnifies the Lord. It is a collection of four meditations on the meaning of Christmas (published by Crossway Books) and is a mere 108 pages. Here are a couple of excerpts.
“Mary is rejoicing not so much in the fact that she is to be given this great privilege. Yes, she has been reminded by Elisabeth of what that is and of how people are going to call her blessed, and she repeats that: ‘from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.’ But that is not the thing that really moves her. It is what God is doing — this historic event, this climactic action of God Himself. She is humbled and grateful at the thought of the fact that she is to be given a part and a place in this, but it is the thing itself that moves her and makes her sing and worship. She is filled with a sense of amazement, worship, adoration, Read More
Since we are now approaching the second Sabbath in Advent, I wanted to give you a good resource to link to that explains the candles, the colors, and the symbolism of it all. This one looks just great. We use white instead of the colored candles at our house, but I do like the symbolism of the purple or dark blue for royalty, etc. I’ve seen these colored candles for sale at Hallmark and they are labeled as Advent candles. So if you are looking for some, there’s a tip for you.
We light one candle each week as part of our liturgy before our Sabbath dinner. Doug does the reading and I do the lighting. Then we have one candle in the middle of the wreath for Christmas Day. Each week we start with the oldest candle, relight it, and move on in order to the new one. So you end up having a lovely little arrangement of staggered heights of candles.
Last week, because our baby twins were so new, I did a drive-by Sabbath dinner for our kids. We took the meal to our Wilsons and dropped it off, and then we went to the Janks and ate with them. So we are one candle behind and we’ll have to catch up tonight. We’ve Read More
One of the glorious attributes of the gospel is revealed in the way God raises up the lowly, bestows honor on the unlikely, works good out of the worst circumstances, and uses great trials to bless His special ones. Christianity is no religion for the proud and haughty, for it contradicts man’s fleshly wisdom and carnal reason. Who would have thought the Messiah of God would arrive on earth from the womb of a lowly young girl? As we look at Mary, mother of our Lord, we cannot separate her character from her remarkable circumstances Read More
Have you noticed how Christmas is becoming more and more intimidating to unbelievers? Most magazines refer to the “holidays,” afraid to mention Christmas by name. This is not because the world thinks Christmas is irrelevant, but its power and potency scares them. That’s why they keep moving away from saying “Merry Christmas” to saying limp-noodle things like “Season’s Greetings” or “Happy Holidays.”
But the world can no more stop Christmas from happening than they can prevent the sunrise or the rain. Christmas is coming, like it or not. And the fact that the world is getting more and more annoyed by Christmas is a good sign that we are doing something right. I say, let’s ratchet things up a bit. More singing. More gift-giving. More lights. More sugar cookies and (as my husband says) more fudge!
We might wonder how something as harmless as Christmas could be so intimidating to the unbelievers. But asking that question reveals that we don’t yet understand Christmas ourselves. God becoming a baby and being born in a manger in Bethlehem and announcing it to shepherds via angels singing in the sky is a spectacular story. It is our story and we should never tire of telling it, singing about it, and reminding one another of it with cards and gifts and fat stockings. This is OUR story. God has given this to us, and this story has changed the world forever.
Sometimes Christians complain that Christmas is too commercial. But why should it bother us to see the world celebrating our holiday in a worldly way? They can’t help it. Rather, we should chuckle with delight that “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” is playing over the speakers in the grocery store and “Joy to the World” is going full blast in the aisles at WalMart.
C.S. Lewis wrote a wonderful essay about this called “Christmas and Xmas” which you can Read More
….of Chloe Lynn Geddes Jankovic and her twin brother Titus James Jankovic tonight at 11:30 and 11:44 P.M.
Chloe weighed in at 7 lb. 2 oz. and is 19 inches long, and Titus weighs 7 lb. 9 oz. and is 20 and a half inches long. He was the gentleman and let her go first.
Both are beautiful and healthy. Mama was superb and fantastic and Luke is the award-winning, hands-on birth coach. Our thanks to a wonderful nursing staff at Gritman, especially Kim Foote and Eda Browning, the babies’ doctor John Grauke, and Rachel’s obstetrician Ric Minudri. What an impressive and kind group of saints.
All praise and thanks to God!