Spitting Image

“She looks just like you!” That’s the usual, almost automatic response we give to any new parent holding their baby. Sometimes its only an unfounded nicety since most babies really look like, well…babies. But for our newest granddaughter its not just a nice thing to say when you first meet her. She looks like her […]

The Last Note

Music boxes. Intricate musical contraptions that you wind up to enjoy their tunes while they disappointingly wind to a stop. I grew up hearing them because they were one of Mom’s favorite things. She had some that looked like decorative art and others that only came out on their appropriate holiday. An especially elaborate one actually required […]

Veiled In Flesh

Staring into the face of her tiny newborn she simply could not believe it. A gift from the Almighty God dropped into her womb in an unprecedented miracle. God’s Son. No one could believe it. Even Joseph had struggled so to wrap his mind around it, that a dream from the Father was required just […]

Sawdust, Shepherds and a Savior

He traced his fingers over the rough-hewn wood, gazing intently at the orderly array of tools. The miter, the saw, the hammer, the plane. This little carpenter shop was somehow different now. Last night Joseph received a visit while he slept. Today he understood that the baby which he had not sired was a gift […]

Every Longing Heart

Expectation. The word is forever tied to Christmas for me. Ever since I was little, the Season stretched on for at least a month and served as the most anticipated event of the year. The pile of presents under the tree grew almost daily. Covert moments of shaking those presents to decipher their content occupied time on […]

Light From A Bug’s Butt

“Look Pawpaw…its butt lights up!” That’s exactly what you’d expect to hear from a 5-year-old seeing fireflies for the first time in his young life. Mikey was mesmerized by the bioluminescent glow of the lightning bugs all around us as we waited for the 4th of July fireworks to come streaming off the hilltop in McCaysville, […]

Ode to Joy

 “Immortal gladness.” The classic Ode to Joy says that is what God is the “giver of”. A gladness that is not of this world. Yet it is so imminent and immediate that it alters the world in which it is a foreigner and fugitive. Unearthly but earthy. Eternal but temporal. From forever for now. Immortal for […]

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