Matthew 2: 13-23

Recommended Resources

{Based on requests from several members (although I am reluctant to do so since my favorites may not be those of others), I am listing here some of my own favorite resources. FWIW!!]
  • Tyranny and Faithfulness

    by D. Mark Davis
    (lots of Greek exegesis)
  • The Holy Family

    by Jerry Fuller, OMI
    ("In Akira Kurasawa's film Rhapsody in August, Richard Gere plays the American son of a Japanese man who comes to Nagasaki to meet the Japanese side of the family he has never met. It has been over fifty years since his father left Japan, and there has been almost no contact between the two sides of the family, especially since the war years..." and several other illustrations - recommended!!)
  • Holy Family

    by Jerry Fuller, OMI
    ("My mother's 97, one of the frail elderly. Until last June when she had a stroke, she could shift herself from wheelchair to bed or toilet and could roll herself to the main dining room. She often traveled backward down B Hall. She said it was easier to push with her feet than pull with her hands..." and another illustration)
  • Our Family Values

    by Sil Galvan
    Ever since Bobby's father had passed away three years ago, the family of five had struggled. But despite the lack of funds, Bobby's three sisters had already made beautiful gifts for their mother. But here it was Christmas Eve, and he had nothing. Bobby kicked the snow and walked down the street past all the stores, looking into each decorated window. It was starting to get dark and he reluctantly turned to walk home when suddenly his eyes caught the glimmer of the setting sun's rays reflecting off of something along the curb. He reached down and discovered a shiny dime. As he held his new found treasure, a warmth spread throughout his entire body and he walked into the first store he saw. His excitement quickly turned cold when salesperson after salesperson told him that he could not buy anything with only a dime. He saw a flower shop and went inside. When the shop owner asked if he could help him, Bobby presented the dime and asked if he could buy one flower for his mother's Christmas gift. The shop owner looked at Bobby and his ten cent offering. Then he put his hand on Bobby's shoulder and said to him, "You just wait here and I'll see what I can do for you."
  • Christmas 1A

    by Bill Loader
    (always good insights!)
  • Exegetical Notes (Matthew 2:13-23)

    by Brian Stoffregen
    (excellent exegesis)
  • Illustrations, Quotes and Lectionary Reflections (Christmas 1A)

    by Various Authors
    ("I have a biography of General Douglas MacArthur that was written by Bob Considine. The picture on the front cover shows the general standing like a boulder, looking off into the distance, with that famous corncob pipe in his mouth. You can almost hear him telling the people of the Philippines, 'I came through and I shall return'..." and several more)

Illustrated Resources (and Other Resources of Merit) from 2019 and 2020

  • Comparison Is the Thief of Joy

    by Jim Chern
    How often have you thought to yourself I wish. I wish I had that job. I wish I had that house. I wish my family was as happy as that family. I wish we didn’t have this problem to face. There’s an understandable very human aspect about these things which everyone of us faces – but as is often the case with every human feeling, emotion or experience, it’s what we do with those feelings that makes a fundamental difference in whether we’re going to be joy filled, thankful people or whether we’re going to let that turn to resentment, anger, or bitterness...
  • Sermon Starters (Christmas 1A)(2019)

    by Scott Hoezee
    In the Movies for Preaching part of this website, Roy Anker highlights the excellent film The Innocents. The title of the movie is clearly designed to evoke Matthew 2. The story is set in post-World War II Poland in a convent that has experienced grave evil. Invading Russian soldiers had repeatedly raped the hapless nuns in the convent, resulting nine months later in one pregnancy after the next by women who had sworn themselves to chastity. The Mother Superior of the convent tries to help but, in fact, makes matters much, much worse and inadvertently perpetuates the bad momentum of the evil done to them. Yet through a series of events and people—heroes both likely and very unlikely—the kingdom of God bursts through in the end. Like Matthew 2, so also here: God is not undone by the evil that threatens our lives. If we cannot possibly explain why such horrid things happen to innocent people and babies, we can at least rejoice that God is not evacuated from the scene due to human evil. In Christ, there will be healing. In that is all the hope of the Gospel.
  • The Messiah Is Among Us

    by Dawn Hutchings
    Once there was a monastery with a long history of commerce and a thriving spiritual community. But as time wore on, fewer and fewer villagers visited the hallowed halls. Fewer people turned to the monastery for advice. Even the sale of their famous wines began to dwindle. The abbot began to despair for his community. “What should they do?” he wondered. They prayed daily for guidance, but the brothers only became more dispirited. The monastery itself reflected their mood, becoming shabby and untidy. At last the Abbot, hearing that a wise Jewish rabbi was visiting, swallowed his pride and went to visit the rabbi to ask his advice. The abbot and the rabbi visited for a long time...
  • Cold, Dark Night

    Art and Theology by Victoria Jones
    includes link to "Cold, Dark Night" by Sam Phillips
  • That Other Christmas Story

    by Jenny McDevitt
    Writer and professor Ross Gay's two most recent books are The Catalogue of Unabashed Gratitude and The Book of Delights. He has developed the practice of liking for, and therefore finding, something good within every day. He has come to believe that sorrow and joy are inextricably entangled with one another. He writes: "Among the most beautiful things I ever heard anyone say came from my student, Bethany, talking about what she dreamed of for her own teaching pedagogy. She said, 'What if we joined our wildernesses together?' Sit with that a minute. That our bodies, our lives, might all carry a wilderness within, an unexplored territory, and that yours and mine might, somehow, meet. Might even join. "And what if the wilderness, which is almost always portrayed as dense and uncrossable, what if the wilderness is actually our sorrow? It often astonishes me how every person I get to know - everyone, regardless of everything - lives with some profound sorrow...
  • What Joseph Makes Possible

    Art and Faith by Lynn Miller
    Scenes of the family's travel to Egypt are often romanticized or sentimentalized. The two adults are often in the landscape with a moon shining down highlighting the people, the donkey (there's usually a donkey), and an obligatory palm tree. It is quiet and contemplative. The realities of traveling via donkey (even donkey cart) for 400+ miles with an infant are no doubt more prosaic than we imagine. And certainly they are more prosaic than Caravaggio's image here. But I think Caravaggio gets Joseph's role right...
  • Jesus’ Birth and Our Rebirth

    by Alex Thomas
    As Frederick Buechner said in his book Telling Secrets in commenting about his father’s suicide: I cannot believe that a God of love and mercy in any sense willed my father’s suicide; it was my father himself who willed it as the only way out available to him from a life that for various reasons he had come to find unbearable. God did not will what happened that early November morning in Essex Fells, New Jersey, but I believe that God was present in what happened. I cannot guess how he was present with my father-I can guess much better how utterly abandoned by God my father must have felt if he thought about God at all-but my faith as well as my prayer is that he was and continues to be present with him in ways beyond my guessing. I can speak with some assurance only of how God was present in that dark time for me in the sense that I was not destroyed by it but came out of it with scars that I bear to this day, to be sure, but also somehow the wiser and the stronger for it. Who knows how I might have turned out if my father had lived, but through the loss of him all those long years ago I think that I learned something about how even tragedy can be a means of grace that I might never have come to any other way. As I see it, in other words, God acts in history and in your and my brief histories not as the puppeteer who sets the scene and works the strings but rather as the great director who no matter what role fate casts us in conveys to us somehow from the wings, if we have our eyes, ears, hearts open and sometimes even if we don’t, how we can play those roles in a way to enrich and ennoble and hallow the whole vast drama of things including our own small but crucial parts in it...

Illustrated Resources (and Other Resources of Merit) from 2010 to 2018

  • The Flight from Bethlehem

    by Phil Bloom
    ("Some early legends have come down to us about the flight from Bethlehem. One is a children's story: On their first night as refugees, they had gotten as far as they could from Bethlehem and found a cave to hide from Herod's soldiers. In the cave a spider saw the child shivering and felt sorry for him. To give some protection the spider wove a web at the cave's entrance...")
  • Christmas 1A (2013)

    by Brendan Byrne
    ("In November of this year, the Oxford Research Group, which specialises in matters of global peace and security, published the first comprehensive study of the effects of the Syrian civil war on the children of that conflicted nation. Its findings were horrific to say the least...")
  • We Are Refugees All

    by Sharron Blezard
    ("The situation facing Syrian refugees right now hearkens back to Matthew's gospel. Right now, according to Unicef, one Syrian baby is born in refugee camps and settlements every hour. The weather is bitterly cold, and an outbreak of polio among Syrian children is spurring aid groups to raise money for vaccines, clothing, and food. More than one million Syrian children are now categorized as refugees...")
  • Christmas 1A (2013)

    by Delmer Chilton and John Fairless
    ("I was going through our household accumulation of videos and DVDs the other day and was sorting the children's movies into live action and animated and modern stories and fairy tales when suddenly I realized just how many fairy tales and children's stories have as a basic theme an evil ruler threatened by a special child; who then has to be protected and/or rescued by agents of good....")
  • Hide and Seek God

    by Tom Cox
    ("It is not good to be alone, not just physically as many are these Christmas days, but 'alone' in the spiritual journey. We need one another. We'd like to remain at the manger all soft and cuddly but… the Manger is only the beginning and Christmas does not stop at the manger. Maybe that restlessness is in our very bones to seek out and find 'home'....")
  • Christmas 1A (2016)

    by Melissa Earley
    “God abandoned him,” Liz said. Liz and I were standing beside the hospital bed of her 55-year-old husband Frederic. Frederic had woken early that morning, left his wife sleeping in bed beside the warm imprint from his body, gone to the furnace room of their basement, and put a rope over an exposed beam. When Liz woke up she went to the kitchen and heard Frederic in the basement. She called to him. Frederic came part way up the stairs, shielding from her view the white length of rope. He told her he was just going through some old boxes. Later, when he didn’t come upstairs, Liz went down and found him. She put her arms around him, trying to lift him to relieve the pressure from his neck. He was too heavy. She couldn’t lift him up or get him down. In order to call for help, Liz had to let him go. She had to let him go and then run up the stairs and rummage through her purse, pushing aside keys and wallet and Kleenex to find her phone.
  • Christmas 1A (2016)

    by Scott Hoezee
    In the Movies for Preaching part of this website, Roy Anker highlights the excellent film The Innocents. The title of the movie is clearly designed to evoke Matthew 2. The story is set in post-World War II Poland in a convent that has experienced grave evil. Invading Russian soldiers had repeatedly raped the hapless nuns in the convent, resulting nine months later in one pregnancy after the next by women who had sworn themselves to chastity. The Mother Superior of the convent tries to help but, in fact, makes matters much, much worse and inadvertently perpetuates the bad momentum of the evil done to them. -
  • Christmas 1A (2013)

    by Kate Huey
    (includes several quotes)
  • The Love of Power or the Power of Love?

    by Beth Johnston
    In the 1946 movie, "It's a Wonderful Life", George Bailey , the manager of the "Bailey Building and Loan" is despondent and suicidal as he faces criminal charges over $8,000 in cash that had mysteriously disappeared. We all know that his absentminded Uncle Billy Bailey had unwittingly let it fall into the lap of Henry F. Potter, the richest and meanest man in the little town of Bedford Falls, New York...
  • Holy Family (C)(2012)

    by Greg Kandra
    ("The juxtaposition of those two images in this church, the crèche and the crucifix, serves as a powerful lesson for this feast. We realize that when we speak of the , we speak of a family that struggled and suffered, like so many of us. But: this family also knew profound hope. They trusted completely in God. They call all of us to that kind of trust. And they are with us. In our own time, they stand beside all who worry, who struggle, who search, who pray...")
  • Hand-Me-Down Holiday

    by Terrence Klein
    ("I doubt that I am alone in being haunted by the holidays. They don't seem to live up to their hype for any adult. Is that why we wistfully say that Christmas is for kids? A child came forth from a family we call holy. That infant is still our best hope, because Bethlehem was followed by Nazareth, and then Capernaum and Jerusalem, until this Son climbed Calvary...")
  • Just in Time

    by David Lose
    When I was ordained, a retired pastor and parishioner gave me a print made from a woodcut depicting the Holy Family’s flight to Egypt. What made this particular rendition distinct is that they were not alone. Instead, they were surrounded by a group of refugees, reminding us that in this story of forced flight, God-in-Christ identifies with all who have been driven from their homes by the threat of terror, all who are displaced by violence, and all who flee in fear with hopes for, but little assurance of, a better future.
  • All God's Children

    by Jim McCrea
    ("One woman I know regularly locks herself in the furnace room when her husband comes home drunk. And I know what that is like because I remember as a child wanting a safe place to flee to. But there was no safe place. We had to go and sit in the car when my father was being angry and abusive. There was no other place to run to, even though we were part of a church and many of the people in the church knew what was going on...")
  • The Weakness of God

    by Jim McCrea
    Far more people are fleeing, the way Mary and Joseph and their baby had to flee, than we [can] imagine. I know of several in my congregation, and I'm sure there are many I don't know about. One woman regularly locks herself in the furnace room when her husband comes home drunk. And I know what that is like because I remember as a child wanting a safe place to flee to. But there was no safe place. We had to go and sit in the car when my father was being angry and abusive. There was no other place to run to, even though we were part of a church and many of the people in the church knew what was going on...
  • Past, Present and Yet to Come

    by Fran Ota
    ("For Scrooge, Christmas Eve could have been described as a nightmare. He certainly thought it was a series of pretty bizarre nightmares. Had the visitations stopped after Marley, or maybe the first of the three spirits, he might have been able to write the whole thing off as that particular piece of mouldy cheese he'd eaten earlier in the evening with his thin gruel - and nothing would have changed...")
  • It Will Be Done

    by Andrew Prior
    ("Matthew's Christmas story takes the whole two chapters at the beginning of his gospel, not just today's short reading. The problem is that Matthew includes women in the genealogy of Jesus! That just wasn't done! But these women are different; all four of them...")
  • Joseph and Christmas

    by Ron Rolheiser, OMI
    ("The Joseph of the Christmas story is clearly reminiscent of the Joseph of the Exodus story, he too has a dream, he too goes to Egypt, and he too saves the family. Likewise King Herod is clearly the counterpart of the Egyptian Pharaoh; both feel threatened and both kill the Hebrew male children only to have God protect the life of the one who is to save the people...")
  • Here I Am! There You Are!

    by Cindy Stravers
    ("a young woman had a tumor in her cheek. In order to excise the tumor, the surgeon was forced to cut a tiny but important nerve which controls the muscles on one side of her mouth. The woman was scarred for life, her face slightly droopy on one side, her smile crooked. Dr. Seltzer writes of his visit to her hospital room after the surgery...")
  • Escape to Egypt

    by Robert Stuhlmann
    ("In 1977 Bishop Festo Kivengere escaped his native Uganda. In February of that year Jamini Luwum, The Archbishop of Uganda was executed by Idi Amin for opposing his brutal killings of the population. His last words to Festo were: 'They are going to kill me, but this will be for the glory of God'...")
  • Dream Power

    Sermon Starter by Leonard Sweet
    ("Some Christmas's stay forever in our hearts and minds because they were so beautiful, so magical, so perfect. You got your Red Ryder BB gun or Malibu Barbie. The time the Christmas pageant went off without a hitch. The year when everyone got to come home. A blanket of snow on Christmas Eve draped everything in white and wonder...")
  • The Fourth King In the Christmas Story

    Sermon Starter by Leonard Sweet
    The sentimental Christmas carol “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” may be the theme song for December 24 and 25. But by the 26th, many of us have changed our tune. It’s now “On The Road Again”. Whether traveling back from a family Christmas gathering, setting off on a snowy or sunny Christmas week vacation, or just returning to the routine of work and daily travel, journeying is a big part of season we call Christmastide, those Twelve Days of Christmas extending from Christmas Eve to Epiphany Eve.
  • What If Joseph Were the Patron Saint of 2014?

    Sermon Starter by Leonard Sweet
    ("The sentimental Christmas carol I'll Be Home For Christmas may be the theme song for December 24 and 25. But by the 26th, many of us have changed our tune. It's now On The Road Again. Whether traveling back from a family Christmas gathering, setting off on a snowy or sunny Christmas week vacation, or just returning to the routine of work and daily travel, journeying is a big part of season we call Christmastide...")
  • Herod Rules

    by Brian Volck
    ("W. H. Auden, in his Christmas oratorio, For the Time Being, presents Herod in this way, worried that an infant, believed by some to be God Incarnate, threatens to destroy the reason, idealism and justice he has labored to advance: 'Naturally this cannot be allowed to happen....")
  • Are Angels Real?

    by Keith Wagner
    Tony Campolo tells the story about the late Mike Yaconelli, who told the story about a deacon in his church who wasn’t deaking. He just didn’t do what he was supposed to do as a deacon. One day Yaconelli said to the deacon, "I have a group of young people who go to the old folks home and put on a worship service once a month. Would you drive them to the old folks home?" The deacon agreed. The first Sunday at the old folks home, the deacon was in the back with his arms folded as the kids were doing their thing up front. All of a sudden, someone was tugging at his arm. He looked down, and here was this old man in a wheelchair. He took hold of the old man’s hand and the old man held his hand all during the service. The next month that was repeated. The man in the wheelchair came and held the hand of the deacon. The next month, the next month, and the next month. Then the old man wasn’t there. The deacon inquired and he was told, "Oh, he’s down the hall, right hand side, third door. He’s dying. He’s unconscious, but if you want to go down and pray over his body that’s all right." The deacon went and there were tubes and wires hanging out all over the place. The deacon took the man’s hand and prayed that God would receive the man, that God would bring this man from this life into the next and give him eternal blessings. As soon as he finished the prayer, the old man squeezed the deacon’s hand and the deacon knew that he had been heard. He was so moved by this that tears began to run down his cheeks. He stumbled out of the room and as he did so he bumped into a woman. She said, "He’s been waiting for you. He said that he didn’t want to die until he had the chance to hold the hand of Jesus one more time." The deacon was amazed at this. He said, "What do you mean?" She said, "Well, my father would say that once a month Jesus came to this place. ‘He would take my hand and he would hold my hand for a whole hour. I don’t want to die until I have the chance to hold the hand of Jesus one more time.’"...

Illustrated Resources (and Other Resources of Merit) from 2007 to 2009

  • Holy Family

    by Andrew Greeley
    ("Once upon a time there was this young man, Peter Patrick, who could hardly wait to go off to college. Starting half way through his junior year in high school, he decided that his family was ruining his life, almost every day. His father was a tyrant who didn’t know what it was like to be a teenager....")
  • All God's Children

    by Jim McCrea
    ("One of the hardest times of the year for me is always the time when we have to take down the Christmas tree. My wife Delight usually feels somewhat relieved that she can pack it all away and get the furniture back where it belongs, so life can get back to normal. But I'm not always quite so ready to have life go back to normal....")
  • Holy Family (A)(2007)

    by Paul O'Reilly, SJ
    ("The best way I've ever heard this explained is in John Betjeman's poem Christmas 1954: 'The bells of waiting Advent ring, The Tortoise stove is lit again And lamp-oil light across the night Has caught the streaks of winter rain In many a stained-glass window sheen From Crimson Lake to Hooker's Green. The holly in the windy hedge And round the Manor House the yew..." and another illustration)
  • Love Is Vulnerable

    by Michael Phillips
    ("Martin of Tours was still in the Roman Army, stationed near Amiens, but preparing to become a Christian. One cold day, he went out with his soldier companions. They wore heavy cloaks to protect them from the weather. Their cloaks were among their prized possessions. As they approached the city gates, they met a beggar, nearly naked and about to perish with the cold...")
  • Celebrate the Christ-Child and Remember the Children

    by Garth Wehrfritz-Hanson
    ("Gnanaguru Aravinthan, a Sri Lankan Tamil, was just 13 years old when his father last saw him in September 1985. He had been sent home by his father to change his clothes. He was then supposed to meet his father at a friend's house. Gnanguru never arrived. Neighbours told the father they had seen his son in the custody of soldiers from a nearby army camp...")

Illustrated Resources (and Other Resources of Merit) from the Archives

  • Joseph Speaks

    Narrative Homily by Tom Cox
    I better introduce myself. I’m Joseph Davidson - Mary’s husband. I feel like the father of the bride at a wedding. I don’t get much attention, but I get to pay the bills. Believe me, I know all about the cost of Christmas - not in money; but in blood, sweat and tears...
  • Letting Things Settle

    by Tom Cox
    ("Most houses probably still have those little snow globes. In many homes it was part of a the Christmas decorations. These ornaments are scenes or a statue encased in water. You picked up the globe, shook it and watched the 'snow' magically rise up in a swirl and cover the scene. Set it down and gradually things settled and became clear...")
  • Priority of Family Life

    by Ernest Munachi Ezeogu, CSsP
    ("A little boy greets his father as he returns from work with a question: 'Daddy, how much do you make an hour?' The father is surprised and says: 'Look, son, not even your mother knows. Don't bother me now, I'm tired...")
  • What Language Does God Speak?

    by James Farfaglia
    ("In Africa, a tale is told of a boy called Amazu, who was always very inquisitive. One day he asked 'What language does God speak?' But no one could answer him. He traveled all over his country questioning everyone but could not get a satisfactory answer. Eventually he set out for distant lands on his quest. For a long time he had no success. At length, he came one night to a village called Bethlehem..." and other illustrations)
  • What's an Angel to Do?

    by Frank Fisher
    ("Please! Please, Pops! I'll be so good. I'll clean up my room and polish my halo, and deliver all the messages you want. So please, can't I have dancing lessons? Slowly, ever so slowly, the Creator's mighty head turned and looked down from the throne at the angel who was making such a spectacle of herself. The Creator's head shook back and forth as if in amazement...")
  • Holy Family (A)(1995)

    by Andrew Greeley
    ("Once upon there was a little girl who never liked any of her Christmas, not her Barbie dolls, nor her crayola sets, nor her Paddington Bears, nor her doll houses, nor her nice dresses, nor her watches, nor her jewelry. She never complained about the gifts and she always thanked her family very politely...")
  • Too Close For Comfort

    by Mark Haverland
    ("The flight of Joseph with his family was not the first time Israel fled to Egypt for safety. And it would certainly not be the last time children had to flee for their lives from an evil king. I read this past week about the Kindertransport, that from Dec 1938 to August 1939 transported 10,000 Jewish children at risk from the Nazi regime...")
  • The Future of Preaching

    by Juan Huertas et al
    ("In rereading this chapter, I recalled a lecture I once heard by the Australian musical artist Nick Cave. It was a lecture on the subject of love songs, and it offers stunning insight into the truth of our Gospels. In his lecture, Cave portrayed love songs as pain songs. At one point, he declares, 'The love song is never truly happy. It must first embrace the potential for pain...")
  • Touched by an Angel

    by John Jewell
    ("In many quarters of the modern church there is a distinct prejudice against all things supernatural. Morton Kelsey, in a book called Dreams, A Way to Listen to God, asks the question, 'Why has the modern church, for the most part, ceased to become a channel for humankind to experience the power of Christ?'..." and other illustrations)
  • A Strong Sense of Place

    by Barbara Lundblad
    ("The morning of my father's funeral, my sister and I went on a mission. We drove two miles south of town to the farm where we grew up. Our parents had retired from farming several years before, but we still thought of it as 'our farm' ~ even though we never owned the land...")
  • Meditation and Conjugal Love

    by Gerry Pierse, CSsR
    ("Some years ago a couple were on the verge of breakup. The love had gone out of the marriage. When one spoke the other reacted angrily. Every day was tense, a series of battles. They stuck together only because of the children. Today this same couple say that they have found one another again...")
  • Dealing With Downers

    by Stephen Portner
    ("Samuel T. Lloyd III, senior rector at Trinity Church in the City of Boston, told of the event that turned a good writer into a great one. Just before dawn on a cold winter morning in 1849, a group of Russian criminals were led out to face a firing squad. One of them was a young man named Feodor Dostoyevsky..." and another illustration)
  • God Smugglers

    by Mike Slaughter
    ("I was standing in a very long line and there were two men in the line beside me. I was just listening to what they were saying and I heard one of them say to the other, 'You know, I go in for surgery tomorrow.'...")
  • Where Is God Now?

    by Alex Stevenson
    ("Eli Wiesel was a noble prize winning author and a survivor of the concentration camp Auschwitz. In the book Night, he tells of his experiences in the concentration camps. In one chapter, he tells of witnessing the hanging of three men...")
  • Herod, The Not So Great

    by Billy Strayhorn
    In one of his books Marcus Bach tells about a sixteen-year-old boy from Bishop, Texas, named Mark Whitaker. With a homemade telescope that cost him only seven dollars and fifty cents to build, Mark discovered a new comet. That's something that few astronomers with their thousands of times more expensive telescopes ever accomplish. It was about 2:00 a.m. on his third night of sky watching that Mark spotted something he had never seen before in the heavens. The next night he traced the object again, and on the third night he phoned the Harvard Observatory. Confirmation soon followed. And they named the comet Whitaker-Thomas, adding to Mark's name the name of the professional astronomer who helped in the confirmation. Commenting on this extraordinary accomplishment Marcus Bach says, "There is a law. It says that if you engage in a sky watch you may see something. It does not say that you will see something, but that you might. . . ."
  • One of Us

    by Alex Thomas
    ("A few years ago a book called I Heard the Owl Call my Name by Margaret Craven was popular. It was about a young priest going out into a northern mission in British Columbia. When he first went out there, the people watched him with suspicion, like people often watch their clergyman. At first there was an uneasy relationship..." and other quotes)
  • Where Did Christmas Go?

    by Alex Thomas
    ("Tomorrow you are born again, Who died so many times. Do you like the candlelight? Do you like the chimes? Do you stop to wonder Why men never see How very closely Bethlehem Approaches Calvary...")
  • The Goodness of God

    by Tim Zingale
    ("It is like an 80 year old lady who lived in St. Louis and at the age of 65 Miss Jenie had to retire from teaching. But Miss Jennie didn't stop teaching. She got a room in the inner city and found a job in a day nursery doing what she loved best, loving little children. One night after the school had closed, she was walking down the street in the darkness when a young boy knocked her from her feet and grabbed her purse..." and other illustrations)
  • Illustrations (Christmas 1A)

    by Tim Zingale
    ("God will not forsake you. He will protect you from danger and harm. A poem says it well: 'I once was an outcast, stranger on earth, A sinner by choice, and an alien by birth, But I've been adopted; my name's written down, An heir to a mansion, a robe, and a crown. I'm a child of the King, a child of the King, With Jesus my Saviour, I'm a child of the King'!!'..." and several more)

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