The World Is Dark, but We Know the Light

Gina Butz Christmas, grace, hope, loved, peace 0 Comments

This has been a divisive year. Lines have been drawn and ugliness has risen to the surface in many places. Sometimes the darkness feels all too strong. Jesus understands that kind of world. When he entered it, the Jewish people had endured 400 years of silence from God. They lived under the oppressive rule of Rome. Soldiers walked the streets. Riots …

Why Christmas Reminds Me to Hope in God

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I hate waiting. That’s why I have Amazon Prime. ‘Tis the season of waiting. We wait in lines, for packages to arrive, for family, friends, parties, planes. In the Bible, the word wait is often translated hope. They are intertwined. We must wait for the objects of our hope. Hope feels deeper. We don’t just hope for that gift we …

Reflections on a Christmas Morning

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It’s the wee hours of Christmas morning. The only other person awake is my mom, stuffing our enormous stockings to capacity, leaving the rest as a stack underneath. In our family, we DO stockings! Once again, I find myself struggling to wrap my heart and mind around the reality of Christmas. I don’t want to walk away from another season with …

Death by Gingerbread House

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I know ’tis the season for such shenanigans, but we haven’t made a gingerbread house in years, and the following story is why. I wrote this December 11, 2005. It still haunts me. Enjoy: Today was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day, all due to the intense and relentless desire of our son to make a gingerbread house. …

Salvation Is Coming

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Our family has been reading through the Bible in a year, and we’re nearing the finish line! I can’t say I’ve spent extensive time in the minor prophets, which is where we are now. It’s fairly gloomy. But yesterday I read something that seemed quite timely, from Micah 5:2, 4: “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of …

Don’t Miss Christmas

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It was hard to feel like it was Christmastime when we first lived overseas. I found it most consistently at IKEA, where I could enjoy Christmas music while pondering the Swedes and their space efficient ways. A bank near us put out a sad, fake, sparkly tree one year. They left it up all year, so then it just became …

Feel Your Worth

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“Long lay the world, in sin and error pining, till He appeared, and the soul felt its worth. A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices, for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.” This is, hands down, my favorite line from a Christmas song. In pondering it this morning, I was reminded of a post I wrote in Singapore …