The Privileged Life: December Birthdays

“Oh, satisfy us early with Your mercy, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days!” Psalm 90:14 Are you among the one-twelfth of the world’s people blessed with a December birthday? I am. Maybe it didn’t feel like a blessing when you were growing up. Maybe you’re glad now to just let it slide by unnoticed.... Continue Reading →

The Privileged Life: Immanuel—God With Us

“…and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20b It’s Christmas Eve…quiet and calm, after a worshipful candlelight service at our church. I’m struck by the tranquility of the evening, not planned but very welcome. Here, on the cusp of one of our faith’s two holy days of the year, it’s appropriate... Continue Reading →

The Privileged Life: Evergreens

“The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.” Deuteronomy 33:27a During the Christmas season, I can’t get enough of the fragrance of evergreens. From candles to hand soap to lotion to potpourri, I drench myself and our home in the tangy resin scent of fir, spruce, and pine. It refreshes my soul! When friends gave us a... Continue Reading →

The Privileged Life: Darkness

Our Christmas lights on the snow-covered trees.... “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined.” Isaiah 9:2 Christmas is a season of light. We love to drive around this month after sunset, looking for yards that are wildly decorated with gazillions of multi-colored... Continue Reading →

The Privileged Life: Operation Christmas Child

“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 What a privilege to volunteer in North Carolina today with Operation Christmas Child!  For more than 25 years, Samaritan’s Purse ministries have shipped out millions of shoeboxes filled... Continue Reading →

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