To Hear The Angels Sing

It’s an under-rated, under-utilized hymn. To tell the truth, I’d never paid much attention to it until this year, when it really struck a chord (no pun intended…unless you like that sort of thing) with me. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear was written in 1849 by a Unitarian pastor in Wayland, Massachusetts. What is different about this carol is that only the first verse speaks of what happened on the night ...

Read More

Wonderful time? Who says?

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Who says that? Who thinks that? The shopping malls and the spinning DJs and the airport terminals? Like we aren’t terminal. Like we don’t love people who are dying. Like hibernating hate didn’t wake up when we were half asleep. Like all the little children in the world are going to join hands and sing. Like hurricanes do no harm. Like we aren’t afraid. It’s the most wonderful time of the ...

Read More

FGF #125 News to Make You Smile

Need a change? You can get paid to move to my home state--and get a mountain bike! Learn More Twelve-year-old composer lands NY Philharmonic gig https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8k7Q5Ro-_s #girlpower #blackgirlmagic If 2020 were a beer... Regular Doubting Believer readers know that I am a big Waffle House fan, but I'm not sure how I feel about this one. Waffe House Beer First Responders Rock https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEMqP3Wkxoc Pit Bull closed out the Latin Grammys last night with his song "I ...

Read More

The Misunderstood InnKeeper

I have gotten a bad rap. I’m not even in Luke’s version of the nativity story and yet, in Christmas pageant after Christmas pageant for the last 2000 years, I’m made out to be the bad guy. I mean, I’m no Herod, but still…I don’t come off looking good. Somehow, I became the guy who turned poor Joseph and great-with-child Mary away from the inn so that her baby had to ...

Read More

Five Mantras to Get You Through Christmas

This year, the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is one of the shortest ever. So you barely have time to finish off those leftovers before the Christmas onslaught begins. While many of you will have wonderful holiday experiences and make lasting heart-warming memories, time with family does not always (often?) look like something out of a Hallmark Christmas movie. There are bad histories, old grudges and deeply held resentments ...

Read More

The Work of Christmas Begins

When the song of the angels is stilled,When the star in the sky is gone,When the kings and the princes are home,When the shepherds are back with their flocks,The work of Christmas begins:To find the lost,To heal the broken,To feed the hungry,To release the prisoner,To rebuild the nations,To bring peace among people,To make music in the heart. Howard Thurman.

Read More

My Favorite Christmas Song

I'm so excited that there is a fairly new live version of my favorite Christmas song, sung by Dar Williams. It's about literally welcoming people to the table, which is my favorite image of what the Kingdom of God is like.  If we can't welcome those who don't believe exactly what we do, especially at Christmas, then we're kinda missing the boat trying to be more like Jesus.  May you welcome ...

Read More

The Rebel Jesus

Are you awaiting the Rebel Jesus?  The streets are filled with laughter and lightAnd the music of the seasonAnd the merchants' windows are all brightWith the faces of the childrenAnd the families hurrying to their homesAs the sky darkens and freezesWill be gathering around the hearths and tablesGiving thanks for all God's gracesAnd the birth of the rebel Jesus They call him by the "Prince of Peace"And they call him by "The ...

Read More

Getting Ready to Get Ready

Now is the time (as you recover from your Thanksgiving food coma) to be intentional about creating a meaningful Advent and Christmas season for yourself and the people you love. Join us. Sign up here for the free mini course, Getting Ready to Get Ready. Isn't a better Christmas worth 15 minutes a day for five days? Sign up today. 

Read More

Best Thanksgiving Movies

If you're too full after Thanksgiving to move and go out to the movies, here are a few to view in-home. Pieces of April is not just my favorite Thanksgiving movie, but one of my favorite movies of all time. It's a tale of redemption. My husband tells me I think everything is a tale of redemption--but this story truly is. Planes, Trains and Automobiles has been out there for awhile, but, ...

Read More