The Third Time Christ Came—Advent III

In the Christian Bible, the Book of Acts, Paul refers to Advent III when he encounters “The Risen Christ,” on the road to Damascus; and later in Acts, when he is puzzled by where to travel next as a missionary, refers to Christ as “The Spirit of Jesus.” I, and millions of others, could also tell you billions of stories of knowing this Christ personally.

The Second Time Christ Came—Advent II

To help our children and grandchildren learn to wait patiently we often provide them with Advent calendars which offer up to them a spiritual lesson and, often, a piece of chocolate or other trinket. It helps, but it doesn’t work. “How many more days to Christmas?” remains a popular lament of the little ones.

Grandpa, When Do You Get to the Scary Part?

I had dived deep into the telling of the story to Audrey, “Let there be light.” In the dark forest, he big bear was growling, in grandpa’s loud and terrifying voice, “Grrrrrrrr!” The animals in the forest were trembling. That’s when Audrey humbled her grandpa with the interruption, “Grandpa, when do you get to the scary part?”

Thanksgiving via Zoom

Our family tradition includes a devotional gathering before the Thanksgiving Feast. This year that gathering will happen via Zoom. One blessing of this digital connection is that the oldest grandchild, Kasey, will be able to join us—wherever she happens to be. Kasey is a mental health officer in the US Army. She is on assignment with her unit, somewhere, assisting local medical resources overwhelmed by the current health crisis.