Name him Jesus

“And she will have a son, and you are to name him JESUS, for he will save his people from their sins.”‭‭Matthew‬ ‭1:21‬ ‭NLT‬‬ The moment when Joseph was bestowed with the honor of naming the child he would be parenting with Mary JESUS, the future was set. The name that would forever change the…

Emmanuel in the waiting

Matthew 1:21-23 TPT,She (Mary) will give birth to a son and you are to name him ‘Savior,’ for he is destined to give his life to save his people from their sins. This happened to fulfill what the Lord had spoken through his prophet: “Listen! A virgin will be pregnant, she will give birth to…

Word made flesh

“You’re my place of quiet retreat; I wait for your Word to renew me.”‭‭Psalm‬ ‭119:114‬ ‭MSG‬‬ Allow the Word of God to be your quiet retreat from the busyness of the holiday season, and lean in to listen to what He reveals as we prepare to celebrate Christ’s birth – His purpose and our shining…

I Wonder as I Wander

“Did you ever see a child staring into the boughs of a Christmas tree? We are wired to wonder. Designed to find ourselves in something greater than our own little lives. No one ever stood under the Northern Lights muttering ‘Wow, I’m incredible!’” – Pete Grieg The practice of wondering is an invitation to see…

To the Point // Dwell with Jesus

After 430 years of silence, the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. He came knowing all that was to come – the emotional and physical suffering; the exhaustion of being present mind, body, spirit for everyone He encountered; the political and social climate He affected from the moment of His birth until his last…

Emmanuel, God With Us

Uncertainty is reality in this life. This year has proven we never truly know what’s coming. In some instances, anticipation of the unknown is exhilarating. Other times, fear invades and clouds our ability to accept what may come. One of the integral aspects of celebrating Christmas is that it brings Christ to the forefront. It…

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,because the Lord has anointed meto proclaim good news to the poor.He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,to proclaim freedom for the captivesand release from darkness for the prisoners,to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favorand the day of vengeance of our God,to comfort all…

I come with love

Ultimately God sent His Son to show us love. The law was already established and God knew we needed His loving guidance as well. After such a long wait, love was in our midst. Harry Connick Jr. wrote a beautiful song from the perspective of Jesus, from birth to the Cross, simply reminding us that…

Risky Love

‘This is no time for a child to be born, With the earth betrayed by war & hate And a comet slashing the sky to warn That time runs out and the sun burns late. That was no time for a child to be born, In a land in the crushing grip of Rome; Honour…

Hope of all hopes

Hope of all hopes, dream of our dreams,     a child is born, sweet-breathed; a son is given to us: a living gift. And even now, with tiny features and dewy hair, He is great.     The power of leadership, and the weight of authority, will rest on His shoulders. His name? His name we’ll know in…

Hope differed

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12 NIV Hundreds of years of waiting… of wandering… of separation. In one night, the anticipation is over. Ever so subtly, Jesus is born into a world groaning with longing and deep grief. “Jesus was born because God redeemed…

Peace // Advent Week 1

It’s Christmas time & I LOVE that I can say that! I love anticipating activities & events, and that is what the Christmas season is all about. As Pope Francis tweeted earlier today, on this first day of Advent, “the word Advent means coming. The Lord is coming. This is the root of our hope:…