• Winter 2019-20

    Why I Can’t Get Over the Incarnation of Christ—and Neither Should You

    Christmas spirit is hit-or-miss for me. Some years, I become wrapped up (pun intended) in the nostalgia of familiar Christmas songs, belting them out while eagerly finding gifts for friends and family, and losing myself in a pile of shiny paper and bows. Other years, I find it hard to get caught up in the season’s sentiments: I feel indifferent toward giving and receiving gifts, I become annoyed with the many store advertisements, or I have a “bah-humbug” attitude when no snow falls. Over the past couple of years, however, I have become increasingly intrigued and awed by the concept of Emmanuel, God with us. The incarnation baffles me over…

  • Five Minute Friday,  Winter 2018-19

    The Gift of God With Us

    This post was written for the weekly Five Minute Friday blog linkup. Each week, writers respond to a one-word prompt by writing for five minutes, then share their unedited writing with each other. Click here to join the fun! As we anticipate celebrating the birth of Christ in the next few days, I keep thinking about the name “Emmanuel” and all its implications. The incarnation was no everyday occurrence. God with us. God Himself, the Creator of the universe, the Author of life, the Designer of history, fully present with us. The greatest gift of all time wrapped in a newborn baby’s body. Heaven and humanity met the moment that little baby was…