December 29, 2012

Snowed In

Posted in Christianity at 8:14 pm by Staci Hart Mauney

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Lilly playing in the snow

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble…” (Psalm 46:1)

Like many across the country, our area of Oklahoma was blanketed by snow this week. Even though we received only a few inches of snow, it seemed like much more as the winds blew and drifts piled high. Blizzard warnings were issued and whiteout conditions existed for much of the afternoon and evening on Christmas day, and even now, much of the snow remains, which is unusual for a state where the weather is usually below freezing one day and 60 degrees the next. Read the rest of this entry »

December 22, 2012

Silent Night, Holy Night

Posted in Christianity at 10:46 am by Staci Hart Mauney

“While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born,and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them…” (Luke 2:6-7)

Two thousand years ago, Jesus came to earth in the most unobtrusive, unexpected of ways…as a baby. Our Savior chose to come quietly to be born of humble parents – one a young virgin, the other, a carpenter – even though he could have come with great fanfare to sit high upon an earthly throne, surrounded by riches. Read the rest of this entry »

December 19, 2012

Finding Hope This Christmas

Posted in Christianity at 7:20 pm by Staci Hart Mauney

“Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD…” Psalm 31:24

For many people, hope seems far away this Christmas season. From the incomprehensible school tragedy in Connecticut to elusive peace in the Middle East, people everywhere are struggling to find meaning. The world is a dark place, full of evil, and that point has been driven home over the last few months as disturbed individuals took the lives of many innocent men, women, and children in a movie theater massacre, a mall, and a school. Read the rest of this entry »