Christmas is Still Happening

It was our first Christmas in Fairview Heights.  Late December 1997.  We had run down to DuQuoin for a holiday Friday/Saturday gift exchange with my mom and dad.  When we arrived at the parsonage late Saturday night, it was clear something was wrong at 9 Keelan Drive.  I left the family in the car andContinue reading “Christmas is Still Happening”

Christmas Doubters

There were some famous doubters in the Bible.  When Abraham heard God was going to bless his ninety-year-old wife Sarah with a son, he fell on his face and had a belly laugh.  God gave him a son anyway.  When twelve spies went into the Promised Land to get a report, ten of the spiesContinue reading “Christmas Doubters”

Christmas Lights (and the Rolling Plastic Joseph)

Have you noticed the wide variety of things people put in their yards to celebrate Christmas these days?  Certainly the nativity-scape seems more cluttered than when only baby Jesus and Santa struggled for it just a generation ago.  When our kids were growing up, we would sometimes drive around at night in mid-December and lookContinue reading “Christmas Lights (and the Rolling Plastic Joseph)”