"Waiting is essential to the spiritual life.
But waiting as a disciple of Jesus is not an empty waiting.
It is a waiting with a promise in our hearts that makes already present what we wait for.
We are always waiting, but it is a waiting in the conviction that we have already seen God's footsteps.
Waiting for God is an active, alert- yes, joyful!- waiting."
We were playing hide-and-seek. Not sure she super gets it.
Last year my mom sent me some of our family's Christmas decorations. I love that.
I miss Chicago's snow, but Oregon's mist frozen is a different kind of winter beauty.
Christmas carol serenade to cookie-baking.
(Glitter + leftover Halloween candy + end of cereal boxes)
"God cared enough to come and be one of us.
We matter to God. We matter that much.
He cared enough to be born.
That's the whole point of it all…
that He cared enough to be born."
Cross-continental shared joy.
Out to dinner by the river to watch the Christmas-lit ships go by.
"So the Christmas message for all people runs:
You are accepted, God has not despised you,
but He bears in His body all your flesh and blood.
Look at the cradle!
In the body of the little child, in the incarnate Son of God,
your flesh, all your distress, anxiety, temptation,
indeed all your sin,
is borne, forgiven, and healed."
Favorite movie by Christmas lights.