What if you’re hurting over the holidays? Join Kathi as she discusses her new book, A Christmas Gift.
Cara Putnam shares details behind the writing of her newest book, Where Treetops Glisten, which is a Christmas novella set during World War II. She offers insights on her success as an author.
Are you tired even before the craziness of the holiday? Jane shares her own struggle to hang onto the meaning of Christmas, and her meditations on Finding the Messiah. She believes we can find rest and restoration despite the Christmas rush.
I sat up in bed. It was Saturday, the first day of
our Christmas vacation. Dim light streamed into my room, but as a preteen, I preferred
to sleep much later. Besides, the
heaviness in my muscles begged for more rest. But I considered the noise. A tinkling
sound accompanied the bang. A lover of
mysteries, my investigative skills turned on.
One item in the house could produce that sound—the Christmas tree with
So, despite my fatigue, I forced myself out of bed.
Shivering as I pulled my house coat about my body, I stumbled into the living
room, one room away from where I slept. I
collapsed into the nearest wing chair as I noted the fully-decorated cedar now
lay on its side. The scene before me should upset someone, but I had no
energy. Extreme lethargy made it
difficult even to sit. I considered my
options, but I had only one. Call mother.
sat at the back of the house. Since she didn’t respond, doubtless she didn’t
hear. “Hey Mom, the Christmas tree fell.”
that loud enough?
I yelled for my mother often in those days, but she
stayed calm. That morning proved
different. A thump sounded on the floor
the next moment. Mom appeared in the doorway, eyes widened, as if horrified.
She reacted with the proper amount of dismay at the
sight. (You must have pizzaz for such a response.) Grateful, I drug myself back
Mother took me to the doctor the following Monday.
The swine flu swept through Chattanooga that year in epidemic proportions, and
I had a bad case. I spend my entire vacation in bed, except for the few minutes
I appeared to open presents.
That’s not my best Christmas memory, but I don’t
recall being upset about it. Fun
decorations, wonderful music, pretty lights and delightful surprises characterized
our traditions. Mom loved Christmas, and she used the holiday to lavish us with
her love. We had a foundation in Christ
that held up, even when things went wrong.
Today our world experiences
serious changes. Our nation no longer holds to the truths of the founding
fathers and our freedoms shrink every day. But, as Christians, we have a
foundation. Despite what happens to us or around us, we have hope. Christ came
to this earth to fix the problem of sin and reconcile us to himself. Like that nasty Christmas long ago, we can
consider this to be a blip on the screen. “The sufferings of this present time
are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” (Rom
8:18). We can rejoice in Christ.
As we approach this New Year, I
challenge you to face 2014 with courage and determination. God placed us here
on earth in this troubled time for a reason. “For we are his workmanship,
created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we
should walk in them.” He has a job for each of us next year. Let’s get busy
doing the Lord’s business while rejoicing in his love.
Blessings to you and your family
al virgin would give birth to the son, Jesus.
us?” I was like, “Oh, my. Don’t you know this? Let me tell you. I’ve got to tell you. It’s so fascinating.” I really think that so many Christians, they come to Christ, they get their salvation, and they don’t really read or learn or grow. It is so important to know this. Because if we don’t know what God has done in the past how can we trust him for the future? But when we start to learn and see how God predicted and seven hundred years later it came true in every detail. When we see our country and our world it appears that everything is spinning out of control. But when you study prophecy, and prophecy fulfilled, you can see that God is absolutely in control right down to the minute to the day things happen sometimes to the hour. We’ve seen it over and over in prophecy and that strengthens our faith to know we don’t need to worry just like Jesus told us, ‘When you see these things, don’t worry. It’s okay. I got it covered. I told you these things would happen.I got it under control.’
ay, you’re absolutely right, never hurry somebody and say oh, it’ll be okay.
a little bit. I could still see my little boys’ faces. I could see their smiles, even though faintly, but I could still see them. And the Christmas where I had no sight at all, I couldn’t see anything, all I could do is just hear what was going on. That was really hard too.