Hopefully, sometime in the not too distant future, records will be flying off the shelves again. Well, probably not. But who could have predicted CDs? Or iTunes? Or Lady Gaga? It's hard to tell what will come about next.
'Tis the season of giving, and everywhere you look you'll see suggestions for the "perfect gifts" for your loved ones: something they'll love forever, something they'll never forget, something unique. How about someone -- how about a kitten or cat from the shelter?
As we embrace these cold, dark moments in the shadows -- together with the light, the gratitude, the laughter and love -- let's start by taking care of ourselves and giving from our overflow to our loved ones and our neighbors.
Welcome to the holiday season, with all of its joys and pleasures! If ever there were a moment when memories and feelings are heightened, this is one....
Most of us arrive at holiday events so emotionally unprepared we might as well be un-showered and in our pajamas. I am referring to people not mentally designing how they want the holiday to go and believing they have NO control over what happens. That's not true!
Cut yourself some slack already! I promise, your family can have a great holiday without the glossy magazine perfection.
Spontaneous delight, a startling surprise every time. The sensation is warm, complex, and perhaps one that only a seasoned parent could experience. From this view, it's better than a loaded tree on Christmas morning.
My parents used to just tell me that Santa was watching, and I'd look at the celling, and assume there was some ominous eye viewing my behavior. Things are much more tangible now.
One Sunday morning last spring I sat in that field. Sunday -- a day of Sabbath and rest and time set aside to meet in fellowship and community with the body of Christ and with our Creator. It is such an incredible privilege to work and spend time in that holy place.
I stood in the cold wind, listening to this woman's stories of her husband, of her life, and of her loss. And I was so moved by her.
"Do you have a Chanukah Bush?" No. I only know a few Bush's -- two were presidents and one burned next to Moses.
With Christmas Day just around the corner, many people are finishing up their holiday shopping by purchasing gift cards for their friends and family members.
Anxieties and tempers are high. Seemingly simple messages are loaded with the weight of the world (or, at least the weight of family baggage from decades past). People are on edge. And relationships that are challenging at all -- and those are often the ones you've had most of your life -- can become downright unbearable this time of year.
If you rush to your bookstore or computer, you can purchase these books for last-minute Christmas giving. There is something for him (How to Roast), ...
Because of its low price, Dickens himself did not realize much profit from the sales of A Christmas Carol. It was, in a very real sense, a gift to the public.
Maybe the joy of the season and the love for your kids filled your heart to the point that you've now forgotten the juggling and the exhaustion and the overall monumental holiday undertaking. But I want you to know that I haven't.