120528934Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

–Ferris Bueller

Ferris Bueller might not have been a good student (after all, he ditched school nine times), but his insight on life was on point. These days, work and personal schedules leave little room for us to stop and look around—at the flowers blooming, birds flitting, and passersby smiling. Finding time to savor life seems like a luxury few can afford.

Yet there are wonders all around if we would just take time to consider them. (more…)

FEvery holiday season, a man living in the hills above my hometown lights a star of Bethlehem display. The star is over 20 feet high and, on clear nights, can be seen for miles around. Just a few years ago, an October fire tore through the foothills. My father, a firefighter, told me the house with the star was among the property lost to the flames. But despite personal loss, the star’s maker still lit the beacon that December.

For as long as I can remember that star has marked the beginning of the Christmas festivities. I see it on my way home from work and as I go about my holiday shopping. It is a simple, silent reminder of the hope Christ brought to the world over 2,000 years ago. (more…)