What's inside

“Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19). That might be more easily said than done. Sometimes the hardest thing to do is just to be still. It’s almost easier to be busy with the lists, the cookies, the cards, the gifts, the lights, and the decorations. After all, there is so much to do to be ready for Christmas. Or is there? Two articles this month remind us where our focus should be this Christmas. Read "What makes Christmas Christmas?" and "My Christian life: Finding real Christmas joy while in the hospital."

At the same time we are pondering our Lord’s first coming to earth, we also are anticipating when he will return. Two of our contributing editors remind us to be patient as we wait . . . because he is coming back. Read "He's coming—really!" and "The Book of James: Waiting for Christ's return."

Merry Christmas! 

Julie Wietzke, managing editor

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