Whether Santa or the Birth of Jesus, It’s OUR Story

Whether Santa or the Birth of Jesus, It’s OUR Story

There are Christmas tales that are told repeatedly, whether conveyed by song, film, or the printed page. They’ve become part of the lexicon we use to express what Christmas means to us. 

While on the surface there are obvious differences between the cultural and spiritual expressions of Christmas, their messages really are the same. The stories we tell today are ones that have stood the test of time, and the mixing and evolution of cultures. Traditions born from long, cold nights are today celebrated in the southern hemisphere where it’s summer in December, on tropical islands, and in non-Christian countries.

Somebody to Love

Somebody To Love By Alan Cohen

Author Alan Cohen shares why the familiar adage "everybody loves somebody sometime" is true. If you have a dispute with another person, try mentally sending that person love. You may just learn that in giving you receive.

God's Love Made Visible

God's Love Made Visible

Mother Teresa once referred to herself as a pencil in the hand of a writing God. I've always liked that image, because it seems to capture so well the idea of God's love expressing itself. We are all pencils in the hand of a writing God who is sending love letters to the world.

I was reminded of this recently when I heard that teachers at a local high school were collecting funds to purchase glasses for a student who couldn't see well enough to read the texts. I remembered it when a friend told me that a local church was looking for volunteers to work in an inner-city soup kitchen. Kindness is God's love in expression.

Being the Gift of Christmas

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is a well-loved and familiar story to many people. In the character of Ebenezer Scrooge, we are offered an example of someone who is shown how much richer life can be when value is placed on what’s meaningful to the heart rather than the pocketbook.