Advent #3 – Joy

“Nana, why are there tears on your tree?” The third candle in the advent wreath, the pink one, represents joy. Not the passing gladness of the season, but the joy Jesus came to bring. Freeing. Stabilizing. Soul-lifting. Permanent. So why do I hang tears on our Christmas tree?  The question …

Singin’ the love of Christmas

Until he died, my friend, Dr. Phil (not the television personality) recalled the first time we met. Years earlier, a few days before Christmas, our family had come to sing carols at his daughter’s door. Phil and his wife Adeline had newly arrived in Canada. He told me he’d never …

Advent – a season of waiting – #1 HOPE

On those living in the land of deep darkness, a light has dawned. Isaiah 9:2b Like the period of history before Jesus’ birth, the current season of history on our world’s timeline is not generally jolly. Darkness prevails. As the Jewish people then pined for their promised Messiah, Christ-followers today long …