• Devotional,  Holiday

    Little Drummer Boy: How Our Imperfect Efforts Please God

    It’s now the season that Christmas music has shifted onto the scene.  And I may try to fight the onslaught of Christmas carols, at least for a little bit.  But this morning on my way to work, I played my two favorite versions of the traditional carol “Little Drummer Boy”.  The versions are linked below, as well as my reasoning behind why these particular versions are my favorite, but that’s not the point of my writing today.   I started listening to the lyrics.  The song literally is 11 simple sentences and 81 words- that is, outside of the multiple “pa rum pa pump um”s.  As I was listening to…

  • Holiday,  Life

    Thanksgiving: A Pause to Refocus

    Social Media is full of articles and debates about how early is too early to put up Christmas decorations. I tend to fall on the Scrooge side of that debate and say that the ABSOLUTE earliest should be the day after Thanksgiving. Though, my preference would be to wait another week or so. Believe me, I’ve been given so much grief for this stance. Apparently limiting Christmas festivities means that I hate holiday cheer, family, and tradition. That’s not necessarily the case…. I have several reasons for wanting to delay the onslaught of red and green. The biggest reason is an overlooked holiday. We get so excited about the holidays,…