Two years ago at Christmas, fire ravaged our home and we lost everything.

Except that we didn’t.

Because everything that really matters can’t be taken away by fire or death or the darkest earthly hell imaginable.

Even death is swallowed up in victory.

And as we celebrate the incarnation of Christ, we know that it is He who conquers our fire and our death and our hell.

He takes it upon Himself on the cross and makes the great exchange.

Our sin for His righteousness.  Our death for His life.  Our brokenness  for His abundance.

We offer up the same, tired  ashes and He makes all things new.

This Child-gift from heaven is our Christmas miracle.

He is the great I AM, the bush that burns but will not be consumed.

And He is refining us, remaking us, tearing down this house of cards to give us life, everlasting.

May His love burn bright in us as we rejoice in the Gift that changed everything.

Merry Christmas, dear friends!

All my love,




(Would you kindly pray for us—-Steve’s dad has been hospitalized and we are battling a stomach bug in our house.   It’s been a long two days.  Hope all is well with you and yours.)






18 comments on “Merry Christmas”

  1. I’ve said a prayer for Steve’s dad and all of you who are ailing. Hope you’re better soon.

    And Merry Christmas, Edie. Your words after the fire spoke volumes to the great faith God has given you. Blessings.

  2. Thankful that the manger we celebrate this morning points to the cross of Him who died for us! Blessings this Christmas. Praying for Steve’s father and for your whole family. Stomach bugs are the worst!

  3. Sending a prayer your way for Steve’s dad and a speedy recovery..
    Hope everyone is well soon at home too..
    MeRrY ChRiStMaS..

  4. Thank you for the Christmas post.
    It is so interesting how all of our lives inter-connect via the internet. How we are able to reach each other, think of each other, pray for each other-
    Prayers sent-
    Sorry to hear about the stomach bug- NOT fun 🙁
    Here’s to feeling better soon!
    Love the picture-
    Thanks again for adding to my day 🙂

  5. Dear Edie. You definitely wear a crown of beauty instead of ashes! So happy to see your post on Jesus’ birthday! I will be praying for you and your family. Even though you are enduring these earthly sorrows, injury, sickness……. and the remembrance of your house fire… took the time to bless and inspire others……just breaks my heart and blesses my heart! Merry Christmas! xxxooo

  6. Merry Christmas Edie! I remember vividly reading about your fire and the feeling of disbelief I had. Here it is 2 years later and you are such a great example of hope and strength and your faith in God is so tangible. I’m glad to have rediscovered your blog and look forward to following you. You have a beautiful family! And I’ve always been a fan of Steve and Edie. LOL!!

  7. Praying for everyone to recover quickly. We have had bouts of nasty colds and the flu running through here. My dad is not feeling very well but slowly recovering. Hope everyone is on the mend soon.

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