christmas Posts

Downsizing Christmas

Downsizing Christmas

I’m no humbug, but I have to admit that I occasionally have trouble enjoying Christmas.

I’ll admit changing the station when “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” croons from the radio, as sometimes it just makes me angry.

For our family, December is often one of the hardest months. All the pressures of gifts, coupled with illness, together with the fact that I’m married to a high school basketball coach make the holiday season a bit of a trial for me.

Impossible Christmas Joy

Impossible Christmas Joy

Christmas is a complicated season. At the surface, the media sends us the message that it is the “most wonderful time of year” filled with candy canes, happy smiling children, blissful mall shopping, and of course, argument-free family gatherings and copious amounts of leisure time. It’s tough to stomach this rosy view of the holiday season in light of how it makes many of us feel.

This time of year brings with it a mountain of additional stress no matter who you are, but especially for ministry leaders.

I Need Help (and so do you)

I Need Help (and so do you)

I can’t do it any longer. I can’t do it alone, and neither can you.

I’ve tried to make it all come together perfectly, but I can’t.

Christmas Claustrophobia [Poem]

Christmas Claustrophobia [Poem]

The lights are all up
the Christmas tree is here
even blinking, twinkling
shining reindeer.