The Fifth Day of Christmas

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The Fifth Day of Christmas, December 29, is the Feast of St Thomas Becket. Thomas was the son of a former London Sheriff. Educated in Paris, he joined the household of Theobold, Archbishop of Canterbury, who introduced him to the newly-crowned King Henry II. They became fast friends, and the king made him chancellor. When Theobold died, Henry made him …

The Fourth Day of Christmas

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The Fourth Day of Christmas, December 28, is the Feast of the Holy Innocents, also called Childermas. On this day people remember the baby boys which King Herod killed when he was trying to find and kill the Baby Jesus. These children are considered by some to be the first Christian martyrs, even if unwitting. In his last years, Herod …

The Third Day of Christmas

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The Third Day of Christmas, December 27, is the feast of St John the Apostle. John was one of Jesus’s disciples, and one of his closest friends. In the gospel that bears his name he is referred to as “the disciple that Jesus loved.” Tradition says he was the youngest of the disciples, perhaps only 18, and the only apostle …

The Perfect Gift

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November and December are my kitty’s favorite months. Our tree goes up November 1. It might take a week or two to get all the ornaments up, but that red velvet skirt goes around the base right away, and she loves to lie on it. It’s also about nine feet tall, which means the base is about six feet wide, …

The Other Brother

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~~~~~~~~~ She wanted to know him better. Know what kind of man gives up every night to take care of his brother’s family. Spends hours in prayer for them. On his knees? It was only breakfast. What could it hurt? My novella The Other Brother is now individually available in Kindle for only 99¢. Brother was in the six-book set “Falling for You”, which was on the Amazon Christian collections bestseller list for several weeks in October and November. I am planning to have the …

Gotcha!

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I always think of adding my kids to our family in terms of the holidays. Emma was born on Christmas Eve. Mira was born on December 21, but we met her on the day we celebrate Easter in the west and brought her home on Orthodox Easter, one week later. And Dara and Johnny we brought home two days before …

Defend the Fatherless, part 3

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David Platt said, “Orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They are easier to ignore before you see their faces. It is easier to pretend they’re not real before you hold them in your arms. But once you do, everything changes.” Orphans face incredible life challenges. Orphans are more vulnerable to slave labor, suicide, violence, homelessness, lack of education, …