As we get back to basics at The Garden this Christmas, we remember it is a time when people tend to show more love for their family members, neighbors, and even complete strangers.
This weekend at The Garden, we get back to basics with JOY. Mary, the mother of Jesus, is given an unexpected proposition from God through the Holy Spirit. She is asked to have a baby before she is married, and save the world. How would you respond if you received a request completely out of your wheelhouse that would turn your world upside down?
The angels proclaimed “Peace on Earth” when the Baby Jesus was born. Today we wonder as we listen to the evening news, is peace possible? We all need two kinds of peace in our lives.
The American Psychological Association reports that nearly 1 in 4 Americans feel ‘extreme stress’ during the holiday season. Among the more common reasons, they stated lack of time, lack of money, or the pressure of giving gifts. I wonder what those involved in the first Christmas might say to these extreme stresses?