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The Covenants Fulfilled and Christ is Born! Reflections for Christmas Eve and Day

Let’s face it, no matter how much you did to prepare, the next two days promise to be crazy.  So, the reflections are short, in recognition of the realities of life.  I pray that we will ponder these words of the Gospel throughout our busy days today, tomorrow, and every day to come! Dec. 24 (Person – Jesus,…

Paying Christ Homage – Advent Calendar/Jesse Tree Reflection for Dec. 23

Wow!  Hard to believe Christmas is only two days away!  Our Advent season has truly been a wonderful time of preparation, and I am really looking forward to Christmas day.  This is especially wonderful since last year I was so stressed out and overwhelmed that I just wanted the season to be OVER. We’ve done…

Clinging to God the Father – Advent Calendar/Jesse Tree Reflection for Dec. 22

Well, friends, Jesus was right and the Mayans were wrong.  Surprise, surprise. I awoke today – the first day of the rest of my life – with two wonderful epiphanies.  The first was, perhaps, not life-changing.  I was struck with an idea of how I could transform a gift that I’ve purchased for our dear…

Servants of God – Advent Calendar/Jesse Tree Reflection for Dec. 21

Dec. 21 (Person – Mary, Symbol – White Lily) “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.  May it be done to me according to your word.” Luke 1:38 Read Luke 1:26-38 Reflection:  Of all the people who ever lived – with the exception of Jesus, of course, who was both God and man –…

Repentance and Reconciliation – Advent Calendar/Jesse Tree Reflection for Dec. 20

Dec. 20 (Person – John the Baptist, Symbol – Scallop Shell) “I am baptizing you with water, for repentance, but the one who is coming after me is mightier than I.  I am not worthy to carry his sandals.  He will baptize with the holy Spirit and fire.” Read: Luke 1:57-80; Matt 3:1-12 Reflection: John…

Christ in Us – Advent Calendar/Jesse Tree Reflection for Dec. 19

December 19 (Person – Elizabeth, Symbol – Mother and Child) “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb…. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.” Luke 1:42, 45 Read Luke 1:39-56 Reflection:  When she heard Mary’s greeting, Elizabeth was…

The Value of Listening – Advent Calendar/Jesse Tree Reflection for Dec. 18

First, I must give a shout out to my oldest “baby”, Dude, whose ninth birthday is today!  Happy birthday, buddy! It’s always amazing to me how the lessons we teach our children are so often lessons we need to learn ourselves.  Listening is not my strong suit, and I am looking forward to accepting my own…

Called to be Prophets – Advent Calendar/Jesse Tree Reflection for Dec. 17

Dec. 17 (Person – Jeremiah, Symbol – Tears) “Say not, ‘I am too young.  To whomever I send you, you shall go; whatever I command you, you shall speak… See, I place my words in your mouth!” Jer 1:7, 9 Read Jer 1:4-10, 4:5-12, 7:1-15, 33:6-9, 14-16 Jeremiah was a prophet, like Isaiah – a…

The Names of Jesus – Advent Calendar/Jesse Tree Reflection for Dec. 16

December 16 (Person – Isaiah, Symbol – Fire Tongs with Hot Coal) “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light… for a child is born unto us, a son is given us… They name him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero, Father-Forever, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:1, 5) Read Isaiah 1:10-20, 6:1-13, 8:1 – 9:6 Reflection:…

Personal Responsibility – Advent Calendar/Jesse Tree Reflection for Dec. 15

This topic couldn’t come at a better time for our family!  I could have written about worshipping false gods, but the opportunity was just too good to discuss this topic in a Biblical setting, and not in the heat of some sibling argument.  I hope it is helpful for your family as well. December 15…

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