Christmas customs around the world. Holiday longing and life change. Excerpts from Jesus’ grandmother’s diary (maybe). Recipes. And thoughts about those Costco ladies. Here in our quarterly eMagazine, Engage. Enjoy!
What does Christmas mean to your cross-generational friend? Find out what memories (good or bad) your friend has of this season. What traditions are meaningful, or not? Be ready to see this season differently, from the perspective of a generation so different from your own.
Kids the world over love putting on bathrobes and fake beards to re-create the story of Jesus’ birth. These kids seem to especially love the story. Which happens to be true and equally meaningful for these kids as it is for you! Grab tissues and enjoy.
What blessings are you embracing? Take time to ponder this and thank the Lord for each of his blessings – the “easy” ones and the “difficult” ones.
Would you also take a few minutes to consider how God has blessed you and men, women, communities and churches worldwide through Entrust? We trust him to provide for our financial needs all year, and especially at this season, through friends like you. Your generous Christmas or year-end gift will bring nothing but unburdened blessing to our global team. www.entrust4.org/Give
Merry Christmas! Embrace the blessings!
“Is it the flu that’s making her sick all the time?”
“I don’t know,” said Mom, “but she’s still putting on weight.
I’ve been trying to get her to the doctor.”
“Is something wrong, Mary?” her fiancé asked.
“Oh, Joseph! You wouldn’t believe it if I told you.”
And he didn’t –
later when her secret was discovered
and she tried to explain …
neither did the doctor,
or her parents,
or her friends.
The most blessed of all women
was the loneliest person on earth.
Is there not often a burden that comes with a blessing?
And with great blessing
a great burden?
Sometimes the people you love most
cannot, will not
It took an angel to persuade Joseph.
Did Mary’s parents ever believe her story?
… leaving her little choice but to accompany Joseph
on that painful journey to Bethlehem?
Perhaps, you have friends or family
unable to understand
who do not accept and will not share
the awe, the sense of wonder you feel
at the blessing you have been given
by this same Christ child
making your own journey a painful one.
and trust his grace to help you with the burden
to guide you each step of the way.
© David G. Goodman