Reg Grant

Small Talk

“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14b, NIV) Jesus stood at the doorway of Joseph’s workshop. He was six years old, covered in dust and full of questions. As usual. “Abba?” “Yes?” “What does it mean?” “What does what mean?” Joseph had learned that the …

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The Longest Trip

Wise men from the East came to Jerusalem saying, “Where is the one who is born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” (Matthew 2:1–2, NET)  It was the longest trip in the world for a couple of youngsters. Two whole days before Christmas and we …

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Out of Egypt

You do well if you pay attention to this as you would to a light shining in a murky place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. (2 Peter 1:19, NET) Papa, are we there yet?” It had been a long, cold trip. The boy’s brother and sister were asleep …

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Night Watch

“Today your Savior is born . . .” (Luke 2:11, NET) The gathered armies stood at attention, silent as the night. Waiting. Unseen. Their commander moved into position, listening for the signal. Breathless, they stood, poised to do their duty. Their king had gone on ahead of them. Many men had tried to change the …

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A Gift to Keep

“He is the image of the invisible God…” (Colossians 1:15, NET). The gifts rise like a multi-colored box-mountain under our Christmas tree—colorfully swaddled in red, green, and silver. I survey the geometric mound, scrutinizing the little tags that say “Reg,” or “Daddy,” or “Budbo” (all me). I’m mildly interested in the other packages, but the …

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