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My Da-Da

I used to call him Da-Da when I was a tiny tot. He was the apple of my eye, and I was his. His handsome smile was like my North Star, and his deep strong voice made me feel secure. His laughter was loud and contagious. He had an easy way about him, and everyone who knew him loved him. My Da-Da would have turned 80 years old today, had he not suffered a fatal heart attack at the young age of 56. We had just reunited about 10 years earlier. You see, we were separated from each other when I was just four years old. It was a day I’ll never forget. My mother and I came home one evening, as usual. When she opened the front door, I bolted from room to room looking for him. I can still hear the pitt

Light of the world

Due to an electrical problem at my house, we had to begin the third chapter of Luke by candlelight last night. At first, it was a beautiful sight. The flames dancing in the background, casting an amber glow over the bread of life. I couldn’t resist snapping a picture, but then I realized we needed more light. That amber glow was accompanied by shadows across the page, and the words disappeared into the haze. Isn’t that just how it is when we’re walking through the circumstances in our lives without the proper light to give us the clarity of vision that we need to proceed? The metaphor didn’t escape me, so in that moment, I used the flashlight on my phone to give us more light. There was stil

A Child is Born

It’s only the second chapter of our journey through Luke’s Gospel, and we’ve already witnessed the blessed birth of Baby Jesus. However, there are elements of the Nativity Story that are missing from this account. There’s no talk of wise men from the east, just shepherds who stopped what they were doing to go and lay eyes on the Messiah. There are no dreams telling Joseph to flee to Egypt, and no evil king issuing orders to massacre the babies in Bethlehem, including the newborn King. Luke was a physician, so perhaps his scientific mind focused primarily on the basics, while Matthew’s Gospel fills in the gaps with an edge-of-your-seat description of events surrounding the birth of Christ. Al

Watch your mouth!

Something jumped out at me while reading last night’s chapter of Luke's Gospel. In the first chapter, an older gentleman and a young woman each had a separate encounter with the angel, Gabriel. I don’t know if angels are temperamental or not, but I wondered why Gabriel handled the virgin Mary with kid gloves, as they say, but literally shut poor old Zacharias down when they basically asked him the same question. “How can this happen?” Gabriel appeared first to the righteous old priest to let him know that his wife of a certain age was going to bear his child. Zacharias was incredulous at this news, and asked, “How can I be sure this will happen?” or, “How shall I know this?” (Depending on wh

New Christmas Tradition

I wish I knew who to give proper credit for this image, but I do not. I don’t even remember which one of my Facebook friends shared it. But, I’d like to thank them both for this new Christmas tradition that my family and I decided to embark on this year. Since Christmas is the time of year that we celebrate the blessed birth of Jesus Christ, then wouldn’t it be a great idea to read about His miraculous life? As this meme brilliantly points out, the Gospel of Luke has 24 chapters, which also happens to be the same number of days between today and Christmas Eve. If we were to read just one chapter each night, we’d have the entire book finished by the time the children are nestled all snug in t