Christmas at Dawn

“Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart” (Luke 2:14).

Poets and parents will agree that crisis comes in the middle of the night. A phone call, a sick child, tossing and turning with a difficult decision that invades sleep, a bad dream we wake from and try to shake off.

But dawn is our redemption. The first hint of light along the horizon, a fresh start as the first prayer stirs in our hearts and moves to our lips. Thank you. Rise to the moment. Put on the day.

Merry Christmas

“They went in haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger” (Luke 2:16).

My childhood Christmasses were celebrated in the 1950s in Minnesota. There were nine of us in the family, and, looking back, I appreciate more and more my parents’ patience and skill in making it a wonderful day for us.


"You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, for your will go before the Lord to prepare his way” (Luke 1:77).

Zechariah, bursting with joy and filled with the Holy Spirit as he holds his son, John the Baptist, uses his newfound voice to sing a canticle of praise. In the gift of this child, he sees the fulfillment of God’s promise to save Israel. John will go before the Lord to prepare the way for the coming of the Messiah.

Joyful News

“You have found favor with God” (Luke 1:29).

In the countdown to Christmas, we come at last to a story so beautiful it is found in many world cultures and religions. A poor couple is given a mysterious child who holds the destiny of the world, just when it is at its nadir. Just when cowardice has compromised and selfish fear has ruined all human hope, a child is given, a fresh start, new hope, something wonderful.

St. Thomas Becket

“Dismiss your servant in peace” (Luke 2:30).

The Body of God

“…what we touched with our hands…”
(1 John 1:2).

High Time

“When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son into the world” (Gal 4:4).

Twenty-six years ago in the middle of the night, my wife woke me and said, “It’s time.” I was up and dressed in a flash and less than 20 minutes later we were pulling into the parking lot of Stormont Vail Hospital in Topeka, Kansas. Five hours later, our son was born.