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Ring The Bells - Sandra McCracken

We sing ourselves forward, into the reality of Christmas. We ring the bells to accompany the song, the lament, the petition that the incarnation of God who has come to dwell with us is with us still, and we appeal to him for every grace. There’s more than just sugar and shiny bows in this season. The holidays are a very difficult time of year for so many people. It is there, in the broken places, we find that hope comes to bring light. In the dim light of a manger, in the chapel where we gather to sing, He is with us. He is with us.

The Longing, The Lingers - Sandra McCracken

The day after Christmas is usually a bit of a let-down. The guests have gone home, no one has started back to the office, the trees are bare and there’s a quiet that settles in. Before the next distraction begins, there’s an opportunity. In the space that’s in between marked by one end and the next beginning, there’s a chance to take a deep breath and to ask yourself some questions.

I Want My House Full - Sandra McCracken

I have some friends that love to do street evangelism. They are good people, good communicators, extroverted, and socially bold, but most of all, they are people who are passionate about telling people the good news of Jesus Christ. By nature, I am socially reserved and the idea of going door to door makes me stressed. While I celebrate my friends’ courage and generosity, I tend to hang back when it comes to getting specific about my faith.

Tell It Like It Is - Sandra McCracken

It is no surprise that the Charlie Brown Christmas movie is one of our all-time favorites. I love the Linus scene. Like the Peanuts characters, I often find it hard to believe that the story of Jesus, which Linus recites from the book of Luke, is a real story. It’s not a religious story or mythology, but a historical account. It really happened. When I visited Israel a couple summers ago, I was struck by the physical reality of the place, the familiar names, the scenes, and the towns.

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