A Christmas Poem, “Hands”

Hands Open on your mother’s chest or after a bellowing belch. Taut when you’re tired. Slurp slurp, tick tick, your tongue tackles each knuckle and cuticle. Somehow that helps you fade away to never-never-land. Mine are calloused, crusty, tired. Splinters are their wages. Blue veins bursting. Palm lines peeling. Bleeding. Grab the balm and bandage. I’ll too visit never-never-land soon, only after watching you there now. For a moment I remember the memories we will make. Brush and comb. Throw and catch. Shave and wash. Swing and saw. Eat and write. Push and pull. Mine will train yours? That baffles … Continue reading A Christmas Poem, “Hands”

Day 23: Christmas: A Mission to the Nations

[Through Jesus we have received] grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ. (Romans 1:5-6) The first Christmas was a mission trip. The mission trip of all mission trips. Jesus left the comforts of his home in heaven to come here, a foreign land. Why did he come? It was for nothing less than to inherit the nations as his own possession, drawing all men to himself. In the opening words of his great letter to the Romans, … Continue reading Day 23: Christmas: A Mission to the Nations

Day 18: Every Tribe, Language, People, Nation

And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. (Matthew 2:11) Long before the birth of Jesus, God had promised another birth that was integral to his plan of redemption. In Genesis 12, the Lord appeared to a man named Abram. God told Abram that he would be the father of a great nation and that all the families of the earth would be blessed through Abram’s family. There was one problem—Abram and Sarai had no children. So a few chapters later, in Genesis 15, God promised them a … Continue reading Day 18: Every Tribe, Language, People, Nation

Day 17: The Fall and Rising of Many

“Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed…so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.” (Luke 2:34-35) Put yourself in Mary and Joseph’s shoes. At Jesus’ dedication in the temple, a sweet old man says, “Your Son will light up the dark world and show people what God is like and why they need him and he will be their Savior. And yet, some people will oppose him. So much so that this is going to be like a sword thrust through your gut, Mary. And, … Continue reading Day 17: The Fall and Rising of Many