Myrrh: Gifts to Embrace Forever Part One

Ever contemplate the gifts of Christ when you admire a creche? Nativity scenes often imply three wise men visited the newborn Savior on the first Christmas. Scholars believe the visit might have occurred a bit later than the night of Jesus' birth and no specific number of magi are mentioned in…

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Refresh Your Touch

Our hearts and souls pulse and flow with blessings, unique energy in rhythm with the flow of our individual design. A torso carries this majestic purpose from birth to end, but most containers also include limbs. Legs to walk the distance between souls. Feet, whose toes wriggle and grip the earth…

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Lessons from the Twelve Days of Christmas, Part Two

Last week, we began reflecting upon a holiday carol's legend. While the intrigue rumored to influence The Twelve Days of Christmas has been debunked by scholars, we can still benefit from meditating upon the lyrics. Reflecting upon the subject of each stanza as a faith symbol offers us an opportunity to…

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Read Yourself into the Christmas Season

  As promised, the links to the books mentioned in today's video are as follows: God Bless Us Every One by Eva Marie Everson Stories Behind the Great Traditions of Christmas by Ace Collins I also referenced the movie, Saving Christmas, by Kirk Cameron. Despite the low budget of this production, its…

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Marvelous Free Gifts

Electronics glimmer from their glossy ad space. Svelte stars insist their allure comes in spray bottles. Television families cheer while unwrapping the luxury gifts of their dreams. With marketing campaigns at full-throttle this season, your carols might warp into less festive groans. "It's the most wonderful . . . HUMPH! It's…

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3 Beautiful Gifts Awaiting You Today

I love gifts. I look forward to doling out candy next week in exchange for the opportunity to greet fairies, Jedi knights, and charming little zombies. One month later, Thanksgiving will bring comfort food and the blessing of shared company. Sixty-one days from now, the best day of the year arrives…

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Magnificence in Ordinary Things

The measure of a thing's value differs from one person to the next. Though supply and demand set market costs, the significance of an item varies for individuals. Starving children would trade diamonds for bread. Politicians spend thousands on banquets to feed woo diamond-studded supporters. Wealth or need, desire or apathy.…

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Story-Stingy No More!

"Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story—     those he redeemed from the hand of the foe" (Psalm 107:2). Facebook overflows with national headlines about politics and tragedies. Celebrity quotes buzz from Twitter as if it were a beaten wasp nest. Instagram, Periscope, and Pinterest offer the newest trends and…

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An Inclusive Father’s Day

Cakes, red meat, and fresh neckties fly off the shelves this week. I'm grateful for the ease with which I could choose a card for my wonderful dad. But many struggle with this weekend's holiday. I heard a comedian wish aloud for a card without overstated accolades, reading something like, "Well,…

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