The Friday Five – 12/21/18

  1. Merry Christmas, friends! As you savor the story of Christ coming to earth, can I share my favorite verse in all of Scripture? It’s tucked inside a Christmas passage, a prophecy by Zechariah in Luke 1:78–79. Have you read it? It refers to Jesus as the sunrise, the dayspring. In the "Come Adore" radio series, Nancy teaches on this verse, explaining how “the coming of Christ dispels, disperses the darkness and gloom and death and judgment and brings light and joy and cheer.” Listen to this radio program, and learn how we, as God’s people, are called to shine the light of Christ in every corner of the earth.
  1. As Kim Cash Tate reflects on what she would tell her thirty-year-old self, she says, “[This] is what grieves me most: I was more focused on God establishing His call on my life than on enjoying the intimacy He was building with me through Christ.” If she could, Kim would tell her younger self: “Keep doing what you’re doing, growing in the knowledge of your God and His word. Abiding in Him—and His words abiding in you—will bear much fruit in His time.”
  1. As the world around us rushes to buy presents, how can we truly be present? Keith Getty says that we can find the answer in traditional Christmas carols. Keith and Kristyn Getty have been traveling around the country with their eighth annual Christmas tour, and after Nancy and Robert Wolgemuth attended this week, Nancy tweeted a link to one of their songs: “Have listened to this over and over again since hearing Kristyn Getty sing it at the close of #Sing! last night.” Turn your volume up and enjoy “An Irish Christmas Blessing.”
  1. The Christmas season comes with an explosion of sights and sounds and smells that are made for a child’s sense of awe, yet, “for children with special needs, the holidays often herald more distress than delight.” In this post, Kathryn Butler shares compassionate advice that will help you learn how to walk alongside those with neurodevelopmental differences this season, so that they too can grasp the hope of Advent despite their daily challenges.
  1. If any of your December weekends have included a Hallmark-movie marathon, you’ll love Hannah Underhill’s hilarious commentary as much as I do. Hannah has been poking light-hearted fun at the cookie-cutter storylines, but on the Lies Young Women Believe blog this week, she also wrote about why so many of us gravitate toward these silly movies. Curl up on your couch next to the glow of the Christmas tree and enjoy, but before you press play on the Christmas Prince sequel, read about the plot that Hannah says is far better than ANY Hallmark movie.

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Katie Laitkep

Katie Laitkep

Katie Laitkep is a hospital teacher, a seminary student, and a Lyme patient living in Texas, where God continuously sustains her through Scripture, dry shampoo, and Mexican food. She blogs her journey through medical treatment at www.apatientprocess.com with the hope that her words will be a picture of the Lord’s perfect faithfulness in chronic pain; for even in suffering, God is good.

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