Advent Devotions 2018

A Different Christmas Poem
Posted by Jeff Giles on

The embers glowed softly, and in their dim lightI gazed round the room and I cherished the sight. My wife was asleep, her head on my chestMy daughter beside me, angelic in rest. Outside the snow fell, a blanket of whiteTransforming the yard to a winter delight.   The...

Sears and Roebuck Wish Book
Posted by Rochelle Dail on

As a child, I remember the Sears and Roebuck Wish Book. Each Christmas season, I looked at all of the toys carefully. I read different descriptions and then made my Christmas list.  One year, I wanted an Easy Bake Oven. Another, I asked for a Barbie Dream House, and another year, I...

A Song in the Air
Posted by Lucinda S. Sutton on

Picture this: It’s the wee hours of a chill December morning, and you are a child asleep in your safe, warm bed.  You have a pile of blankets pulled up to your chin, with your hands and one foot securely tucked beneath (the other foot is peeking out like some kind of plump, pink...

That Special Gift
Posted by Judy Wyatt on

  The impending birth of a baby is a time of hope, joy, and excitement.  Whether you’re a family member or a friend, it is a time for celebration.  Many times there is a party where people are invited to come enjoy time together with the parents and bring gifts to help...

A Very Special Gift
Posted by Sonya Fagan on

As a child, my parents often told me that most things are better appreciated when we have a period of anticipation before receiving them. I suspected at the time that this may have been a fabrication to protect them in the event they were unable to produce  whatever it was that I...

It’s You
Posted by Katie Fleming on

The holidays are happy times, the TV ads do say Promising all the best and brightest things that we will    need to play Then trees let go their crimson leaves which flutter to    the ground In the yards of hungry families, they never make a    sound Small faces...

2nd Sunday of Advent: A Holy Night in August
Posted by Bucky Hesson on

When Kathy and I found out she was pregnant, we were overjoyed but slightly concerned: We had gotten maternity insurance in November (in those days it was separate coverage), and this was in January. If our baby came early or if there were problems along the way, we wouldn’t be covered...

Aspen Time
Posted by Steve Robbins on

Snowy skies in the mountainsPainted with grays and bluesI heard an eagle cry in the distance  Towering spires into the heavensBeyond our reach or thoughtThis creature commands our glance near God’s lofty realm  Aspens reaching starkly toward the sky Lined up...