All in Christian Holidays

What About the Mothers-in-Law in the Christmas Story? Part 1

Goody Two Shoes:  You are not going to believe this, but last night Joseph came home and told us Mary, his fiancé, is pregnant!!! I was so shocked but I should have saved it because what came next topped the whole sorry tale...She (I can hardly utter her name-Mary)...she said God was responsible for getting her pregnant!!! How blasphemous!!! AS IF...Now I have heard some stories in the past about miracles and such, but this is ridiculous!

A Celebration of Light

Last Christmas Eve, I watched my son’s face, awash with delight as he ran up to a Christmas tree, the lights dancing and flashing around him, as voices joined in unison echoing off the walls and the dramatic ceiling, celebrating the birth of the Savior.

Cake Culture Shock

People often ask me casually, “And how did you adapt to the culture?”  I usually sigh, unable to respond to the enormity of the question, “With God and a sense of humour.” Thirty-five years ago, as a young newlywed coming from the UK to live in Nazareth and the challenge of so many new customs and social protocols, one of the biggest culture-shock experiences was facing the Easter Cake Season.

Hosting the Last Supper (Part 3)

As we enter both Easter and Passover, we asked our bloggers to give their thoughts on what it would have been like to host the Last Supper. Most people know the story but never consider who the hosts were or what it must have been like to be asked to host the momentous occasion. Here is part 3 as our bloggers present their unique perspectives on this idea:

Hosting the Last Supper (Part 2)

As we enter both Easter and Passover, we asked our bloggers to give their thoughts on what it would have been like to host the Last Supper. Most people know the story but never consider who the hosts were or what it must have been like to be asked to host the momentous occasion. Here is part 2 as our bloggers present their unique perspectives on this idea:

Hosting the Last Supper (Part 1)

As we enter both Easter and Passover, we asked our bloggers to give their thoughts on what it would have been like to host the Last Supper. Most people know the story but never consider who the hosts were or what it must have been like to be asked to host the momentous occasion. Our bloggers present their unique perspectives on this idea in two parts. Here is part 1:

Christmas in Gaza

Since the war in Gaza over the summer, many innocent civilians are faced with the overwhelming task of rebuilding their homes and their livelihoods. Life was already far from easy before the war, with a suffocating blockade by Israel and Egypt, making it nearly impossible to make a decent living or gain access to basic necessities.

Since the war, life is nearly unbearable for many and, as Christmas nears, Christians are trying to salvage hope so that they can be a light to those around them.

Can Mary Get to Bethlehem? PART 4 OF 4

I: If I were Mary, I guess I don’t have that far to go to get to Bethlehem. It’s just a ten minute drive from my Jerusalem home to manger square, or a one and a half hour walk.  Or, at least it should be, or it would be, if not for the looming wall protruding from the ground to tower over our heads.  I suppose I’m giving birth over a decade too late; Israelis were allowed to visit Bethlehem before that time. 

Group photo

Just for you, we gathered all our Another Voice bloggers in one place to take a group picture.  It took much coordination and effort as those from Palestine came through checkpoints, and those from the coastlands and the northern part of the country traversed the crowded highways.

Can Mary Get to Bethlehem? PART 3 OF 4

Alice through the Looking Glass: I'd have to get up at 5am to catch the direct bus to Jerusalem.  It's a four hour bus ride, but otherwise I'd have to connect, and normally the buses seem to be purposefully ARRANGED so that you cannot connect with less than a one hour wait.  So, 5am it is - and hopefully not on a Friday or Saturday. On Friday there's only one bus to Jerusalem and on Saturday no buses run here at all.