The Gift

Consider for a moment the beautiful verse that closes the beloved Christmas carol In the Bleak Midwinter. What can I give Him,Poor as I am?If I were a shepherdI would bring a lamb,If I were a wise manI would do my part,Yet what I can I give Him,Give my heart. This theme has been expressed […]

Love Came Down

Love came down on Christmas.  Jesus said:           “Love each other as I have loved you.”           “Even as you do (or do it not) it unto the least of my brethren, you do it (or do it not) unto me.”           “The first and greatest Commandment is to love God with all that is […]

The Twelve Days of Christmas

Do you celebrate the Twelve Days of Christmas?  Those holy days begin on Christmas Day and end on Epiphany, January 6.  Epiphany is the Christian feast day commemorating the visit of the Magi to the Christ child, thus marking the revelation of Jesus Christ as God incarnate to the gentiles. Celebrate the Twelve Days of […]

A Christmas Story

This true Christmas story was told by Russel Schuettpelz. It was recorded and distributed by his wife Lorraine, published in Guidepost, and recently forwarded to me by my son, Sandy Jr.                We were over the English channel on Christmas Eve, 1944, and our plane was beginning its descent through a heavy fog, […]

The Music of Christmas

Yesterday, December 20th. I attended a Christmas musical concert at my church.  It was beautiful, and I loved every moment of it.  My thanks go out to those who put the concert together and to the performers. I am particularly grateful to Ira Poberezhnaya, our director of music. She is a true artist. I also […]

The Christmas Tree

George Washington did not have a Christmas tree.  Neither did Scrooge or Tiny Tim.  The Christmas tree tradition developed in the Protestant areas of the Baltic states and northern Germany and gradually migrated from there to England and America in the late 19th century.  The Catholics resisted it at first, thinking it somewhat pagan, but […]

Anniversary

Sixty-nine years ago, on December 16, 1951, my wife Ann and I exchanged our wedding vows,  Except for my two-year stint in the U,S. Army, we were together for the next sixty-three years. I believe that we were truly blessed to love and be loved.  We were always assured of each other’s faithfulness and commitment, […]

They Stole It Fair and Square

On December 14th the electoral college cast its ballots for Joseph Biden as the next President of the United States.  Trump’s lawyers continue to fight the decision in state courts and legislatures, but I believe their prospects of success are about equal to the chance of a snowball surviving in the nethermost regions of Hades. […]

Scrooge

One of my favorite movies of Christmas time, indeed, of all time, is Scrooge with Albert Finney   It is not only a visual and musical feast, it is a tale of a man’s life gone wrong followed by an amazing redemption. The story plays your emotions like a violin.  You move from a sweet romance, […]