Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
John 3:16-17 (The Message)
Sunday, December 21, 2008
- DVD player for big kids
- baby who is generally happy-go-lucky
- fun navigation system for Dad (although it's not exactly hard to find one's way along the same interstate for 600 miles!)
- XM Satelite Radio and a lap dog for mom
I guess the swanky minivan is worth it!
We have arrived in Misery, er Missouri, and it hasn't been too miserable so far. It's our own Christmas miracle, I guess.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
The song is by a young artist named Brooke Fraser. The song is called, "Albertine." Albertine is a young orphan girl that Brooke Fraser met while she was in Rwanda.
The haunting refrain goes like this:
Father, what is next?
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
So many thanks to Ross from our small group (that's Ross Greiner Photography) for this picture of Amelia. He took it while she was watching the Christmas program at church.
I can't decide if we should book a "family Christmas" sitting, or a "family in January" setting. Ross's work is so fantastic, it's hard to choose!
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
The Advent Conspiracy challenges us to worship fully, spend less, give more and love all. Could it be more simple?
The idea is to reduce consumerism and change the world. Watching the video clip (below), I learned that Americans spend $450 BILLION each year for Christmas.
Elsewhere in the world, 1.8 million people die every year from water-borne illnesses. This includes 3900 children every single day. In fact, the lack of clean drinking water kills more people every year than anything else.
The world's water problem could be solved--once and for all--with just $10 billion. A small fraction of what we in America spent on Christmas last year.
I'm convicted and I'm challenged. I want to change the world. My heart hurts to change the world.