Advent and Christmas

Go and See

God comes wherever we are: even if we’ve failed to pray the right prayer; even if our gift list and baking duties are unfinished; even if social media got the better of us, and we spent the season in a bitter sniping match over politics, religion, or some unholy combination thereof; even if we are not quite ready, and not quite worthy of the ‘nice’ list; a child is born to us.


Filled with Good Things

Rev. Brandon Gilvin is the Associate Director of Week of Compassion, and he is also a dang good writer. A native Kentuckian, he now lives in Kansas City with his wife, Lisa. I recently returned  from a two week trip to India, where I visited two very different states, Bihar and Meghalaya, to learn about some […]

Daring to Wait

Cheryl Carmichael is the author of Dare to Care: Caring for Our Elders. She began her career in aging with the Area Agency on Aging, in Phoenix, Arizona. Cheryl earned an AAS in Gerontology in 2002. She worships and serves at Foothills Christian Church in Phoenix. Cheryl’s father, Bill, is in the middle stages of Alzheimer’s Disease.   […]

Tell Me Again

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve read the Grinch these past few weeks. I’ve got it memorized, as do the kids. In fact, they are starting to cotton on when i try to skip a line or two in order to move things on along toward bedtime. “No, mom, you forgot the part […]

In Church, at Christmastime

The phone is ringing off the hook, The sanctuary’s hard to book. Yes it’s clean–dare you to look– In church, at Christmastime.   One hard-working secretary Is a little tried and harried. Under bulletin notes, she’s buried, In church, at Christmastime.   The kids are plenty sugar wired, the moms all look a little tired, […]

Do Not Be Afraid

Guest Post: Rev. Amy Gopp is Executive Director of the Week of Compassion. WOC is the relief, refugee and development mission fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada. They share the good news of Jesus Christ through disaster response, humanitarian aid, sustainable development and the promotion of mission opportunities. This […]

In the Bleak Midwinter

What Are You Waiting For? We have two choices; we are either waiting for death, or we are waiting for life. We can stockpile our weapons, or we can sing into the darkness. We can live in fear of our neighbor and cling more tightly to our stuff, our answers, our ‘rights.’ Or, we can […]