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Santa Christ? Jesus Claus?

Separating the attributes of Jesus from those of Santa this time of year can be tricky. Growing up as an American kid in a Christian household, I was told that “Jesus was the reason for the season” but that big ol’ jolly guy in the red suit was definitely a reason, too. Always the inquisitive one, I had figured out by about age five or six that Santa Claus was just a legend and commercialized character, but that did not stop me from wanting all the perks on Christmas morning that came along with believing. And yet there was still ... Read More »

Have Yourself A 20-Something Christmas

I have always loved Christmas and the anticipation that leads up to it. As a child, I spent many hours trying to find the gifts my mom would so painstakingly hide. I relished the suspense of seeing presents under the tree, dreaming up all the possibilities of what could be inside. On Christmas morning I would get up early, awakened by anticipation in the darkest of night, and sneak downstairs after I knew my parents and ‘Santa’ had finished arranging their pile of gifts and stuffing our stockings. I tiptoed about in the warm glow of the Christmas tree lights, ... Read More »

On Fighting for Joy and Clinging to Hope

This Advent season has been hard. Really, if I am honest, this fall has wrecked me. Between constant reminders of violence, injustice, inequality and my own personal heartbreak, there have been days during the past few months have sometimes seemed unbearable. While I believe I know at the core of my being the loving Father-heart of God, in the midst of the pain, I have found it hard to hope. Daring to hope means opening yourself up to disappointment and heartbreak. It feels risky and foolish, and sometimes false, like it is often shrinking instead of growing. I was talking ... Read More »

Have Yourself a 20-Something Christmas (Guest Post)

Today my lovely new friend, Whitney, from my trip to Uganda, is sharing her blog space with me over at Sometimes Always Never – an ode to 20-somethings and love letter to Atlanta. I’m writing about finding love and the expectations of Christmas. I have always loved Christmas and the anticipation that leads up to it. As a child, I spent many hours trying to find the gifts my mom would so painstakingly hide. I loved the suspense of seeing presents under the tree, dreaming up all the possibilities of what could be inside. On Christmas morning, I would wake ... Read More »

Christus Consolator (Repost)

I just realized what today is. It’s funny how mourning works. I’ve written the date today – 6/11. But it wasn’t until I just looked at my calendar that today is the day my sweet Daddy Will died twenty three years ago. So I’m reposting this piece from college in his honor, because it’s the best way I know how. Time marches on, but I still miss him often.  ______________________________ At four years old, I had no idea what “cancer” meant. My mother had noticed a lump on the right side of my father’s neck in July of 1989. Neither of ... Read More »

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