Courage: O Holy Night

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By Jen Hatmaker When I was in sixth grade, I received two Christmas presents I distinctly remember: 1. A coveted “Forenza” tag on a pair of black leggings with a corresponding purple-and-black plaid shirt. (The outfit could’ve been anything, as long as it was from The Limited.) 2. A red football jersey-type sweatshirt. I loved [...]

Courage: What Mary Knew

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by Ivey Harrington Beckman Most moms think their children walk on water. Mary’s Son actually did. I’VE NEVER GIVEN BIRTH, but I do have a child in heaven. My only pregnancy was miscarried at eight weeks. Though my arms never held that tiny soul, my heart did. Still does. I never smelled my child’s sweet [...]

Courage: How Could They Know?

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by Peggy Houston Henderson News spread that the young girl was not married when she conceived the child.  Mary knew the conception was a miraculous act of the Holy Spirit. Still, she would surely be scrutinized when her pregnancy became apparent. Because he was righteous and honorable, Joseph, the man to whom she was engaged, [...]

The Courage of Joseph: The Correct Arrangement

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By Amanda Warren My son’s Nativity setup revealed a fresh perspective of the Christmas story. It was the Sunday after Thanksgiving, and my 6-year-old son, Cole, was eager to decorate our house for Christmas. One of our family’s favorite Christmas decorations is a ceramic Nativity set that my husband and I received as a wedding gift. Since [...]