“What Does It Mean?” Week Two: Emmanuel

Emmanuel 1. Jesus Christ, especially as the Messiah (Matt. 1:23). 2. Immanuel. (dictionary.com) “They will name him Immanuel (Hebrew for “God is with us”).” Matthew 1:23 (MSG) Jesus appeased the ardent anticipation of our hearts. The questions have been answered. The gaps have been filled. Hope is available for the world to receive. “Emmanuel” explains how God came for us, is here with us, and is coming back for us…

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“What Does It Mean” Week One: Noel.

Noel  1. A Christmas carol. 2. (capitalized) Christmas. (Merriam-Webster) Another name for Christmas. French Noël (“Christmas season”), may come from the Old French nael. This, in turn, is derived from the Latin natalis, meaning “birth.” Wikipedia Noel is a word meant to remind us of our place …our heritage …our hope. Replace antagonism with the familiar embrace of faith. 1. Look at the time. ” Today in the town…

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The Blue Table

Failure to control my kids’ exposure scares me, and lending it’s parameters up to the One who’s wise to the legit limit is the only way I manage to keep the wall up. The waxing and waning of what I’m supposed to hold to and let go of perplexes my parental instincts. Many voices weigh in, but only One cuts through the noise. “Control-…

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The Weeds.

“DROP IT.” But she didn’t. Just as my daughters did when they were toddlers picking petunias, Cherry sprinted out one last burst of freedom, plant in tow. Between my kids, my dog, and my husband’s impatience for unsightly landscaping, my flowers can’t seem to catch a break. Every year, some of my flowers fall folly to my husband’s impatience to distinguish which shoots are a nuisance. It’s cost me…

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The Last Day

The product of my rushed suburban childhood is arm-in-arm in that sandy crop of kids, traditionally appreciating the last day of school in their little lake town …where the busiest road has a 35 mph speed limit, and we can count the number of stop lights on one hand. “Rush” is absent from their vocabulary. Traditions can bloom dreams if we allow them to…

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