Finding Our Spiritual Roots

The Christmas celebrations have come and gone for another year… Hopefully you are still enjoying all the lights and decorations… Just a few more days to linger with family and friends before we dive into our New Year’s resolutions. When all is said and done, I pray that you are able to reflect on all…

A New York Nativity

I always enjoy when an artist takes a classic tale and places it in a  modern backdrop. It is beneficial, I believe, because it allows us to see the story from a new perspective. By wading into the vision of the artist, we can be touched in a new way as he or she captures and conveys a universal message to…

The Greatest Story Ever Told: 7 Tips for Christmas Services

Each year at the end of the Fall semester, I always enjoy having my college music students play Christmas carols. I find that you are never to old or to young to enjoy this music and the students really appreciate the break from all the pressures of their final exams.  A couple of years ago, however,…

A Christmas Card from Loveland CO

I must admit there are days I wonder if anyone is listening…if maybe all the time spent to write, produce, publish and market a book, has been worth all the effort. If I let myself, I can get to feeling pretty down…As artists, the world doesn’t really give us a parade very often and the pay off…

Seeing Christmas

Just a few of the many sights that surround me here in the Frederic/Washington D.C. area. We have a lovely tradition here in Frederick that all the Churches downtown will have an open-house the day after Christmas. It is a wonderful time to see the interior of these beautiful churches in my community and share…

Forty-Day Advent Journey, Week Two at a Glance

Forty-Day Advent Journey Day Eight: Small Gestures Sometimes God uses unexpected people in quiet ways to reach out to us…to comfort us, to tell us He is with us; that He cares….amazing how we forget sometimes that He is always there. Read I Kings 19: 9-12 and think of how God blesses you in quiet…

Forty-Day Advent Journey

  Join me for this Forty-Day Advent Journey through the arts of Christmas. Day One: Reflect on your favorite Christmas memory and consider how the meaning of the season has changed for you during your life. I remember, as a child, really enjoying all the beauty of the beautifully wrapped packages under the tree; all the joy…

Helpful Tips for Planning Lessons and Carols Services

I over heard my first “holiday dread” conversation this week, in the grocery store check-out line. There seems to be a universal call for relaxing the pressures and social obligations that come with this time of year. However,  I would like to encourage you into the front lines with these few words: Your Christmas service can be the most important,…

Last Straws and Victory Dances

How does spending time in stillness with the art and music surrounding Jesus’ birth change us? How has it changed me? Looking back, I can see that these lessons of the incarnation have totally changed my Christian outlook on life. Discovering the importance of celebrating Christmas and learning how to make Jesus the reason for…

Deadlines and Miracle Workers

“Haven’t you ever longed for a deeper experience of Christmas, something more spiritual and a little less commercial? Perhaps you have always loved Christmas, but somewhere along the way it became so filled with obligations that you feel trapped, and you wish you could slow down and find simpler ways of celebrating the holiday. Wouldn’t…