2020-02-26 to 28 Pictures: Charleston, South Carolina

One of the few upsides of having to cancel our Spring Break trip last March at the onset of the pandemic is that we are "stuck" with a rather large voucher from one of those discount airlines. Last autumn, Tricia and I spent a weekend in Savannah, Georgia and had a...

A John 3:16 Craft for Kids

John 3:16 is one of the most well known and reassuring verses in the Bible. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.John 3:16 (NIV) The following is a little craft I threw...

2020-03-01 Pictures: Lyndsey’s College Signing Day

This afternoon Lyndsey made it official, signing her letter of intent to play college basketball for the Hiram College Terriers starting next year. While she made the decision and committed to Hiram before Christmas, she has been looking forward to this day since her...

2020-02-13 Pictures: Lyndsey’s 18th Birthday

I am little behind on posting photos. These are some of my favorites from a couple of weekends ago when we got a chance to celebrate Lyndsey's 18th birthday. It's hard to believe that my little girl is officially an adult. It was nice to have the family all back...


Introduction I love working with kids, and I love teaching them hard concepts in ways they can understand. To that end, for years I have been working on a dictionary of theological terms for kids and teens. In sharing those definitions, there seemed no better place to...

If You Want It Done Right

In all likelihood, you know how the phrase ends: If you want it done right, DO IT YOURSELF! This is a bit of a mantra for me, and frankly, something that I struggle with daily both in leadership and in my Christian walk.  In theory, this is easy to accept. ...

What Does God Hate?

This is the little and humble post that started it all. I happened to be reading through my Bible, and this passage impacted me so much that I posted a little blurb about it on Facebook. That was July 28, 2008, and I've been writing and sharing ever since. (Maybe...

Christmas Lullaby (December 15)

Dec15To view the entire 2011 Christmas Carol Advent check out our Christmas Carol Advent index page.



Story Behind the Song

Written by Amy Grant and Chris Easton, “Christmas Lullaby” first appeared on Amy’s 1999 Christmas CD entitled A Christmas to Remember.

Commentary & Analysis

Titled “Christmas Lullaby,” this song is about a lot more than Christmas. This song is about the Saving power of Jesus Christ. In so many of our lives, we have spent time wandering – wandering aimlessly and fooling ourselves into believing that we have everything under control. Instead, God calls us to put our faith in Jesus Christ. With faith that His death on the cross paid the penalty we deserve for our sins, and with the assurance that He is our Lord and Savior, we are adopted into God’s family. Only then can we leave the “dark and lonely night” of self-reliance and enter the dwelling place of our God. What a glorious day it will be when we can live with God in heaven. Even now though, God works in our lives to “lead us home.”

Questions for Further Reflection / Devotion

  1. As Christians, we are foreigners in this land. Our real home is with God. How does that impact how you should live your life?
  2. What can you do this Christmas to be an ambassador for God in this foreign land?
  3. Talk to your family about a time in your life when you were traveling the “dark and lonely night.” How did Jesus lead you out of that?


Are you far away from home, this dark and lonely night?
Tell me what best would help to ease your mind
Someone to give direction for this unfamiliar road
Or one who says, "Follow me and I will lead you home"?

How beautiful, how precious the Savior of all
To love so completely, the loneliest soul
How gently, how tenderly He says to one and all
"Child, you can follow me and I will lead you home
Trust me and follow me and I will lead you home"

Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay
Close by me forever and love me I pray
Bless all the dear children in Thy tender care
And take us to heaven to live with Thee there
Take us to Heaven to live with Thee there