Tag: Christmas

What the Christmas Nativity Story is Really About

What the Christmas Nativity Story is Really About

(Featured image: Black Nativity, c. 2000, Xavier University) What the Christmas Nativity Story is Really About From New Dawning Light Advent Devotional, at Hope Rising, Day Twenty Luke’s Gospel account of Jesus’s birth is not a bedtime story that calms boogeyman fears. The Advent narrative is a 

How to Get Rid of Holiday Stress

How to Get Rid of Holiday Stress

Keeping stress in check is hard any time of the year. But, at the holidays, the endless to-dos, anticipation of family time, and financial stretching can magnify our feelings of overwhelm. This is not what God intended for us. Instead, we are called to balance our 

Why It Pays to Go Turkey-Free on Turkey Day

My new friend, Taruni, a calf born at Saragrahi Monastery in NC. Proximity to animals helps us understand and appreciate where our food comes from, and, in turn, it helps us make better dietary choices. This coming week, Americans will give thanks for the 50 million turkeys that 

How a Christian Celebrated Christmas at a Hindu Monastery

I realized that Christmas is about connecting to Christ through love of community and simplicity.

It’s Good to Give: Saffron Cross Giveaway Contest!

Tis the season to GIVE! In honor of you, dear reader, Upper Room Books and I are giving away 10 copies of Saffron Cross to 10 lucky readers! The contest is designed to encourage giving and sharing, so I will send the winners a FREE copy 

20 New Religious Books to Give this Holiday Season

“A book is a gift you can open again and again.” –Garrison Keillor It’s the most wonderful time of the year! It’s a time for celebrating holy days, friends, and family. It’s a time for reflecting on the year, thinking of loved ones, and sharing