Tag Archives: Christmas

Prayer Bead Devotion: What Gifts Can I Bring?

It is Epiphany, the day we remember the Magi’s visit to the Christ child and the “epiphany” or revelation of God’s presence on earth. On Christmas we heard the good news proclaimed by the angels that Christ was born. With the shepherds, we visited Mary and Joseph in the stable to see this miracle. We… Continue Reading

Using Prayer Beads with The Upper Room Advent Litany: Week Four

I intended to post this yesterday, but the day turned out to have a mind of its own. A metal cabinet with a saw – that’s right, a SAW – attached to it fell on top of my son, Matthew, yesterday, leading us to spend the afternoon at an urgent care clinic. Thankfully, he is… Continue Reading

Using Prayer Beads with The Upper Room Advent Litany: Week Three

My goodness! Is your Advent season becoming as busy as mine? It is Wednesday and I am just now posting the Litany for week three. My apologies! But this is certainly the nature of the season for so many of us. All the more reason to be still! With last week’s Litany we experienced the… Continue Reading

Using Prayer Beads with The Upper Room Advent Litany: Week Two

Over the past few years there has been a lot of talk about how people greet each other at this time of year. There is Team “Happy Holidays” and Team “Merry Christmas.” Unfortunately, no one seems to be on Team “Advent Blessings.” This is partly because it just doesn’t have a catchy (or commercial) ring… Continue Reading

Prayer Bead Devotion: God with Us

A baby has been born in the City of David. The angels of called us to come and adore him. He is worthy of adoration because this tiny, vulnerable baby is God in human form. He is Emmanuel – God with us. He is God’s greatest expression of love for us, the sure sign that… Continue Reading

Prayer Bead Devotion: The Gift of Stillness

(If you are just joining us, please refer to the blog post for the first week of Advent for background on this post.) For the first week of Advent we took time to be still and affirm God’s presence in our midst. During the second, we were still long enough to go even further, recognizing… Continue Reading

Prayer Bead Devotion: Come and Behold Him!

Welcome! You must have heard the news!  Though I’m not surprised.  When the shepherds left they were so filled with joy that they ran about town hoopin’ and hollerin’, sharing the good news and encouraging others to come here.  I don’t blame them; I mean, this is pretty incredible, and to think that he was born… Continue Reading

Prayer Bead Devotion: Promises, Promises

You can feel it in the air and see it in the faces of people on the streets: Christmas is just days away!  And while there is certainly the excitement that comes with the holiday parties, the family gatherings, and the promise of gifts, there is something far deeper, more fundamental that excites us.  It is… Continue Reading

Prayer Bead Devotion: A Time of Faith

In following Pam Hawkin’s book, Behold! Cultivating Attentiveness in the Season of Advent, we have waited with great expectancy for the coming of a Savior, and we have prepared ourselves for His arrival.  Now, in this third week of Advent, we “live in faith” that God will indeed deliver on His promise of a Messiah for… Continue Reading