Dear 2018

Dear 2018, I don’t really know what to expect of you. I mean, I guess we never do with a new year, but I am especially unsure about you. 2017 was a big year for me. It was the year I had counted down to, been excited for, and been a little bit afraid of […]

The Promises of Christmas

This Advent season, a pattern in the events leading up to Jesus’ birth has caught my attention: God likes to make promises to His people. Between the accounts of Matthew 1-2 and Luke 1-2 alone, we see God make big promises beyond comprehension to Zechariah and Elizabeth, Mary and Joseph, the shepherds, the wise men, […]

Lying in a Manger

Christmas music is playing, Starbucks red cups are here, and lights are twinkling. Today, though, we are reminded of the ordinary, quiet night that Christ entered into our world of unrest. This Sunday, with only twenty-two days until Christmas, Advent begins. Advent ushers in the coming Christmas Day that we celebrate the salvation of the […]

A New Trail, A New Chapter

I think I first fully realized the weight of it as my feet pounded the dark earth, the still green leaves bearing the first hints of fall as they danced with the idea of fleeing their branches. This would be the last time I would run the ground of home as I knew it— home […]