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“And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity; And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.” Luke 2:36-37 I remember what it was like when our children were little and how excited they would be about Christmas. We would tell them that there so many more sleeps before the day would come. Of course, they would…

“So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him and kissed him.” Luke 15:20 The parable of the prodigal son is one of my absolute favorites. I can see it all in my mind. The young man, who was given everything he needed financially, leaves home in search of greener grass. I imagine he met some people he thought would be life-long friends, people he shared his riches with but ultimately was betrayed by. He partied…

“So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God. Therefore, let us no longer judge one another. Instead decide never to put a stumbling block or pitfall in the way of your brother or sister” (Romans 14:12-13, Christian Standard Bible). When I was a small child, one of the hymns sometimes sung was “Watching You.” The chorus went like this: Watching you, watching you, Ev’ry day mind the course you pursue, Watching you, watching you, There’s an all seeing Eye watching you.                            …