The Perfect within the Imperfect

Thirty years ago I was given Barbara Robinson’s tale of the “Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” Her story takes place in what could be any church, in any town across America in which the Christmas story is told through the innocence of Children. Just like our pageant which took place last week, this pageant was shrouded…

Not Everything Is Happy at Christmas

For the last few days there has been more excitement than usual around the Swan house. Its not just because the girls are home, but because the Power Ball, prior to last night’s drawing, was worth over 300 million dollars. 300 million is the breaking point for the Swan family to enter the lottery. Despite…

Be Not Afraid

Several years ago Maureen and I were invited to attend my cousin Jennifer’s wedding just outside of Baltimore, Maryland. Both Maureen and I looked forward to this occasion; so on the day the invitation arrived we lost no time in making our reservation where the bride and groom had reserved a block of rooms. Now…

3 Kings = 1 God 4 All

Five years ago, during my pilgrimage to Israel, I found myself asking what it means to be Jewish. I asked this question in light of the modern State of Israel which claims to be a Jewish state. From my naïve perspective at the time, I assumed this meant that those who claimed Israeli citizenship practiced…

Do you know?

In his now popular Christmas Song Mark Lowry asks Mary, Did You know what it would mean to be the Mother of God. As much as I love this wonderful piece of music, I have to ask, do any of us, let alone Mary, know what it means to have God in our midst? I…