Category Archives: Christmas themed

Remnant (A Poem for Our Time and the Time to Come)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings. (Proverbs 25:2) So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace.      … Continue reading

Posted in 2020, 2021, Christian poetry, Christmas themed, most recent posts, poetry | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us… (Ephesians 1:4)  For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or … Continue reading

Posted on by pbn | Leave a comment

That First Noel

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila   In the completeness  of time (just in time) He came one night squalling, hungry, swaddled, cradled– and they wondered who they held.

Posted in Christian poetry, Christmas themed, most recent posts, poetry | Leave a comment

Another Christmas re-gift: Once Again to Nabokov

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila 2020 This post first appeared back in 2012, and has been featured several times since, each time for a new reason in an old story of evil versus good, fear versus hope, bondage versus freedom, despair versus … Continue reading

Posted in 2020, Bible/literary themes, elements, Christmas themed, Devotionals, most recent posts, poetry, spiritual survival, spiritual transformation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Stack of Seven Fun and Heart-Warming Stories from Christmases Past

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila To lighten your spirits this holiday season, here is my gift to you: a “stack” of posts from Christmases past drawn from family stories.  Enjoy!      

Posted in Christmas themed, humor, most recent posts | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Still. In the Moment. God. (Even in 2020)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila UPDATE December, 2020 This post, first offered in the summer of 2016, is a reminder again today to trust God when it seems the (political) Kraken, “battened” (fattened)  sufficiently on power and greed, has finally surfaced for … Continue reading

Posted in Bible/literary themes, Bible/literary themes, elements, Christian poetry, Christmas themed, Commentaries, encouragement in hard times, end times spiritual survival, most recent posts, poetry, spiritual survival, spiritual transformation, survival tools | Tagged , | Leave a comment

To the Manor Born Again (an Advent Poem)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. (1 Corinthians 2:9) To the Manor … Continue reading

Posted in Christian poetry, Christmas themed, most recent posts, poetry | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Seeking God While He is Yet Found–in Metaphor, Matrix, and Magnum Mysterium

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Metaphor For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made… (Romans 1:20, NIV) I often think of what we see, hear, taste, … Continue reading

Posted in Christmas themed, Commentaries, devotionals and commentaries featuring technology, most recent posts | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

We Need a Little Christmas in July…Again…

Here’s my (annual) contribution. Every year when I re-post this it seems the world is more grief-filled, less hopeful. But the message in here is timeless–whether one is a believer, not, or not yet. Consider… From Russia with Hope: Christmas … Continue reading

Posted in Bible/literary themes, Christmas themed, encouragement in hard times, GUEST and EMBEDDED FEATURES, most recent posts | Leave a comment

Best of Holiday Posts–“From Russia with Hope: Christmas in July” (2012) and a Verse (2019)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila This post first appeared as a “Christmas in July” feature in 2012. The short story “Christmas” by Russian author Vladimir Nabokov is a little literary gem that for me addresses the temptation to despair when grief overshadows … Continue reading

Posted in Bible/literary themes, elements, Christmas themed, Devotionals, most recent posts, poetry, spiritual survival, spiritual transformation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments