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Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas Greetings 2010

Note: This is also posted on Faithwalk

Christmas Greetings  2010

Oh Holy Night … when Christ was born. 
And He shall reign forever and ever! 
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

The Holy Spirit catches our breath when we least expect it.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

In the midst of mundane tasks, God grabs our heart and squeezes it tight.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

We move through our days, one after another: bored, lonely, worried, exhausted.
And then we fall.

Fall on your knees.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Sleigh bells ring; are you listening?

Angels sing; snow is glistening.

Days are busy; I am dizzy.
Line up pills; pay the bills.
Lesson learned; cookies burned.
Gotta be nice.
Jesus Christ! What am I missing?
Is anybody listening?

Hear the angels’ voices!

They will capture you for you are His.
He will get your attention; stop you in your tracks.
He will fill you with emotion, end the commotion, and delight in your devotion.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Dear Family and Friends,
I found a video on Youtube that portrays the profound magnificence of the Holy Spirit here among us.

Ohhhh! Hear the angels’ voices!

Indeed, the Holy Spirit moves among us! The Holy Spirit here – here with us: this is the original and ultimate Christmas gift. Emmanuel!

Oh Holy Night when Christ was born!  Jesus brought to earth the eternal connection for us with our Creator. Because of that Holy Night when the stars were brightly shinning, we can recognize Emmanuel – God among us – and know that we are His.

This Christmas season may your breath be caught and your heart squeezed tight. May you fall on your knees and receive the Gift: God among us.

And He shall reign forever and ever!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Family Update:

Eliza is in her second year at IU. She was inducted into the Kelly School of Business in the fall and also became a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She is hoping to do an internship in Japan this summer.

Isaiah is a senior at Muncie Central. He had a great year in tennis playing tennis one-singles and receiving the MVP award. He will join his sister at IU in the fall.

Mom is enjoying her new puppy, Rosebud. For more updates on her check out Forever My Momma”.

River returned to the classroom in August teaching ESL at Ball State. My students are primarily from Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and China. In addition, I continue to write. 


  1. Now you're a lyricist of songs! There seems to be no end to your gifts! A great hallelujah was singing in my heart as I read your Christmas greetings.
    I love the photo of you with Eliza, Isaiah, and your momma!
    How exciting it is to see Eliza and Isaiah doing so well. Continued best wishes to you and yours!

  2. Thank you Norma! Did you click on the link to the video? By all means check it out - it is what inspired this piece and it moved me to tears - quite impressive considering that I haven't cried for two years!