One quick note: I’ll be out of town for the next week, so I’ve scheduled some posts from afar. But I’m not tech-savvy enough to know how to update my Facebook and Twitter status to demonstrate that those posts are available. So you can just check in throughout the week, or go ahead and subscribe…

No more let sins and sorrows grow,Nor thorns infest the ground;He comes to make His blessings flowFar as the curse is found,Far as the curse is found,Far as, far as, the curse is found. Sin isn’t a hot topic at Christmastime, or, for that matter, any other time of year here in 21st century America.…

Joy to the World, the Savior reigns!Let men their songs employ;While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plainsRepeat the sounding joy,Repeat the sounding joy,Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy. It’s a theme that runs through the Bible, this idea that the natural world sings God’s praises, even if we humans forget or neglect to do so.…

Joy to the World , the Lord is come!Let earth receive her King;Let every heart prepare Him room,And Heaven and nature sing,And Heaven and nature sing,And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing. “Let every heart prepare Him room.” It struck me this morning that there are three aspects to the waiting we do in the…

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Amy Julia Becker

Amy Julia Becker writes about theology, disability, family, and culture. Two major life experiences have shaped her writing and her faith—caring for her mother-in-law as she battled cancer and welcoming her daughter Penny into the world after she was diagnosed at birth with Down syndrome. Both experiences expanded and enriched her understanding of what it means to be human and to receive each and every person as a gift.  A graduate of Princeton University and Princeton Theological Seminary, she is the author of Penelope Ayers: A Memoir, and the forthcoming A Good and Perfect Gift (Bethany House). Her essays have appeared in First Things, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Christian Century, ChristianityToday.com, and Bloom, among other online venues.

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