Light in the Darkness

By Dena Dalton Psalm 63:1-8 “O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you…” I am partial to Christmas Eve. We attend church. We have our Christmas dinner. We stay up late watching old movies, listening to music and wrapping last minute gifts. We celebrate European traditions and sneak around putting candy outside each other’s…

Alongside

By Karen Calhoun Isaiah 40:1-5 My dad pastored small Texas Baptist churches. When I was eight, I had already lived in Brownwood, Fort Worth, Big Spring, Cohoma, Hico, Stephenville, Talpa and Bangs. Making and keeping friends was impossible — we were always moving! In third grade at Bangs, Donna asked me to come and swing with…

God’s Present

By Sandra Peters Jude 1:24-25 Hallelujah, it’s Christmas Eve and we are celebrating the Present of presents! King of kings!  Lord of lords! Yes! Jesus Christ!! The ultimate Present from God!!! Thanks be to God!!!! Think about all that has happened in 2016. God through His Beloved Son Jesus has granted us gifts of Hope,…

The Well that Never Runs Dry

By Barbara Higdon Psalm 63:1-8 “All day I’ve faced a barren waste/Without a taste of water,” sang the Sons of the Pioneers. “Old Dan and I with throats burnt dry/And souls that cry for water. Cool, clear water.” Those of us who live in South Texas know well the thirst-provoking landscape that Bob Nolan’s lyrics…

My Hope

By Erica Hanchey Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.  Isaiah 7:14 NIV Isaiah’s words to Ahaz, King of Judah, prophesy the conception and birth of Immanuel,
God with us, as a sign of Hope for the king and his…

Is It That Simple?

By Jason Hanchey Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16 On the surface, this passage makes it so simple. I believe, therefore I am granted all these protections? Where do I sign? This euphoria is short lived. As I read this again and again, I feel the guilt run deeper and deeper. I don’t deserve all these protections! I…

The Gift is Here

  By Garrett Vickrey John 3:16 It’s here. Christmas. Joy to the world! The Lord is Come! What will we see now? We have been keeping watch for so long. Have our eyes grown red at the moment it is time to enjoy the fruits of their labor? Christ is come. Watch. And see. Franciscans…