A Simple Prayer at Christmas

  Mistletoe is a partially parasitic plant which grows on trees and feeds on the nutrients of its host. It was revered by Pagans who believed that it had life giving powers and bestowed fertility. Kissing under the mistletoe was probably an early Pagan marriage ritual. Scandinavians regarded mistletoe as a peace plant and it was givenContinue reading “A Simple Prayer at Christmas”

Another Tree, and He Still Speaks

My heart is that you would comprehend His love,  and turn and hear Him whisper peace and kindness to you.  There is no question– we’ve sinned and rebelled and screwed things up.  But He doesn’t judge, or give us what we deserve.  Jesus gives us the most wonderful present ever. We really have nothing to bring. WeContinue reading “Another Tree, and He Still Speaks”

Sail On, O Ship of State!

“The Republic” from “The Building of the Ship,” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1850) Thou, too, sail on, O Ship of State! Sail on, O UNION, strong and great! Humanity with all its fears, With all the hopes of future years, Is hanging breathless on thy fate! We know what Master laid thy keel, What WorkmenContinue reading “Sail On, O Ship of State!”

The Virtual Yule Log

I love Christmas.  I love what Jesus has done in bring peace and joy to each one.  Unquestionably, this time of the year can be difficult.  Those of us who struggle as mentally ill believers find that things are more tinsel than terrific. This is a perfect 20 minute break in your work day atContinue reading “The Virtual Yule Log”