Author Ava Pennington
Author Ava Pennington
The People of Christmas: Those Who Worship

The People of Christmas: Those Who Worship

The People of Christmas: Those Who Worship   We see them in most nativity scenes: three men off to the side, dressed in opulent robes. They seem out of place in the tableau, rich men bearing luxurious gifts, coming to worship a baby belonging to poor parents. We...

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The People of Christmas: The Antagonistic

The People of Christmas: The Antagonistic

The People of Christmas: The Antagonistic   How could you believe in a God who allows bad things to happen to good people?                  Believing in God is fine for you, but I don’t need a crutch.                           Keep prayer out of schools.        ...

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The People of Christmas: The Trusting

The People of Christmas: The Trusting

The People of Christmas: The Trusting   I trust gravity will keep my feet anchored to the floor when I get out of bed. I trust the light will turn on when I flip the electric switch. I trust the sun will rise tomorrow morning. There is a slight chance that one or...

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Christmas Love

Christmas Love

All You Need is Christmas Love   In 1967, the Beatles had a hit with their song, “All You Need is Love.” That song became a theme for the 60s and 70s. Love is all the world needed to solve its problems, or so the song claimed. About that time another refrain...

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Christmas Joy

Christmas Joy

Christmas Joy   How joyful are you feeling right now? Yes, joyful. Are you rejoicing in everything about the Christmas season? No? Not so happy about the COVID-19 restrictions, the extra traffic on the road, the additional expenses resulting in more month left at...

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Christmas Hope

Christmas Hope

Christmas Hope   If there’s one thing in short supply these days, it’s hope. Politicians promise, then fail to deliver on their promises. Family members make commitments, then disappoint us. The resurgence of the pandemic has us wondering if we’ll ever see...

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Joy to the World

The gifts are wrapped and tagged. Cookies are baked and decorated. I’ve watched Christmas made-for-TV movies until even I’ve had enough…and that’s saying something! Yes, I’m one of those people. You know, the ones who play Christmas carols in July and put up their...

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They’re Not Just Christmas Carols

What puts a song in your heart? Your favorite playlist?Your wedding song?Christmas carols? One of my favorite parts of the Christmas season is the music. You may be tired of hearing Christmas carols that have already been playing since Halloween. For many, the joy of...

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More Than a Baby Jesus

I love Christmas. The music, lights, and decorations. Trees with their ornaments, Christmas villages, and especially nativity scenes. Of all my Christmas decorations, my favorite is a large tabletop display that includes a manger set in the midst of a hustling,...

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Complaints About Christmas

You may be reading this on Thanksgiving, but complaints about Christmas already abound. Have you heard them? Christmas has become too commercial! Actually, this one isn’t really new. Remember the 1947 classic movie, Miracle on 34th Street? More than 70 years ago,...

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