It's close to 3:00 AM Christmas Eve. It's one of my favorite times of the entire year; the kids are asleep, and I'm up, watching over all that will be revealed in the morning. I always forget what I've wrapped and who's getting what and in THIS family, all things must be equal, so it's … Continue reading To All A Good Night
Over a foot of snow. The "Blizzard of 09".The rest of the world - away from the mid-Atlantic states - goes on as usual. Christmas shopping, concerts, shows, church services. But here in Virginia, DC and north and south of here, we are stuck. Time has slowed, stood still almost. Except for our connection to … Continue reading Uninterrupted Space
This was the scene tonight as we closed our blue christmas service.It was a meaningful night for me. The thought of a service like this has been brewing in my heart for over a year. Our production team took the idea and ran with it. Many hands and many creative ideas brought together some incredible … Continue reading blue christmas recap
I took a trip into Richmond today with Zach and Sarah. We stopped by The Jefferson Hotel to scope out good locations for photos.The Christmas decorations are up, and all I can say is, "O, my!"It's stunning. Beautiful. Elegant. Charming. Classy. Breathtaking. Awesome.This Christmas season will be unlike any other I have ever experienced. There … Continue reading Feeling That Christmas Spirit
In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moanEarth stood hard as iron, water like a stoneSnow had fallen - snow on snowSnow on snowIn the bleak midwinter, long long agoChristina Rosetti wrote this poem in 1872. It has been set to music and recorded by many musicians in many styles. Recently, I discovered this version … Continue reading Earth Stood Hard As Iron
Every year, for the past two decades, the Christmas spirit has settled upon me at various, unexpected moments. I never know when or how it will be ushered in. Last year, it came like this. The year before, like this.Sometimes the falling snow is key. Sometimes it's a song, like when my friend Helen sang … Continue reading It’s Here!