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In Body, Heart, Mind, Soul by Caleb

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Shepherds Were First

In Heart, Soul by Caleb

When miracles are born in mangers, the forgotten people get front row seats, and the fancy people find their way later. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. (Luke 2:8) Shepherds were the lowest rung on the social ladder. They were the least educated and most awkward. They were overlooked, …

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Use What You Have

In Heart, Mind by Caleb

Start where you are and use what you have. The Hope of the World will survive. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. (Luke 2:7b) Mary wrapped Jesus in less-than-sanitary cloths and put him in a dirty manger. Hay is not clean to begin with. And it …

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Living the Dream

In Heart, Mind by Caleb

You’re living the dream. …and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. (Luke 2:7) This was not Mary’s dream for her first child’s birth. In fact, it may have been her nightmare. Mary’s water broke on a donkey. Joseph had not booked an Airbnb ahead of time, and when they rolled into town, every house and room was booked. …

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Timing

In Heart, Mind by Caleb

Divine timing is probably perfect, but it’s also a pain. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born… (Luke 2:6) “The time came…” And to Mary and Joseph, it was bad timing. After all, they were 90 miles from home. They had no money and no place to stay. Jesus was born in what was …

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Expect…Something

In Heart, Mind by Caleb

Expect the unexpected. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. (Luke 2:5) An angel said she was pregnant with a child—direct from the Great Spirit Stork. Then, an angel told Joseph not to sweat it. The promise was that this was a God-thing and the child would …

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Long Journeys

In Heart by Caleb

It seems simple—afterwards. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. (Luke 2:4) “Went up from” this town to that town. Easy enough. Except it wasn’t. Just this little detail in the story of Jesus’ birth was a …

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Hilary Hijack: Airport Rides

In Heart, Soul by Caleb

When I was younger, if I flew into Washington, there was no question who was picking me up – my mom. She would change her schedule around, drop everything to be there when my plane arrived. Even when she was in the throws of treatment for her pancreatic cancer she made the drive and picked me up. I was completely …

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Names & Megaphones

In Heart by Caleb

Everyone loves the sound of their own name. Particularly when it’s shouted with volume and enthusiasm. When I pick Jack up front school, all the kids gather in a grassy waiting area. Then, as parents and care-givers arrive to retrieve each kid, volunteer students and adults with reflective vests and megaphones are positioned along the driveway to shout each child’s …

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Hard Work

In Heart, Mind by Caleb

Whatever you do, work hard when you do it. All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. (Proverbs 14:23) You don’t have to love it. You don’t have to do it forever. You don’t have a boss that notices. You don’t have to be compensated appropriately (yet). Whatever you do, work hard. It will—eventually—go well …

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