My Christmas Day Thank You (Written 9:52 AM Today)

Dear God,I hope you exist mostly because I am so grateful for life and love. I would hate for there to be no one to thank. My act of faith this Christmas Day is a simple thank you.Thank you for...The empathy time-bomb Jesus set off in history by forgiving rather than condemningAngels that enter my life each day bringing  peace and good newsMy parents who showed me love and compassion and opened the door to beautyGenie who has been my wife for 44 yearsJessica, Francis a … [Read more...]

Does Christmas Make You Sad?

Does Christmas Make You Sad?If so-- why?Me? Yes and No... I think that for many reasons it's a time when my sense of mortality, passing time, and loss gets tangled with hope and leaves me both happy and sad.What about you?Comments? Please come to my Facebook Page and join the discussion/leave a comment/share and thought...Here's a detail from a painting of mine ("Roses Scattered From The Sky," oil on canvas, 12 x 12)  that expresses something of my ambivalence... both joy and … [Read more...]

My Very Personal Happy Christmas Story: The wonderful yet toxic combination of Mom’s evangelical goodness, Jesus’ inevitable birthday

For me, as a child in the mission, Christmas meant feeling guilty because Mom did so much and we mere mortals did so little. My childhood Yuletide question was: “Mom, who’s going to be in our house for Christmas?” The answer never varied: “The guests God brought to us this year, my dear.”Mom stayed up all night wrapping gifts and making everything wonderfully and terrifyingly perfect. That’s why every Christmas morning I found the four-foot-long bulging wool stocking stuffed with individuall … [Read more...]

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Please Do Me a HUGE Favor

Please Do Me a HUGE FavorGo to your local Barnes&Noble and buy my new book "Why I Am an Atheist Who Believes in God."It won't have a long shelf life unless it moves right now in November. Please do your Christmas shopping early, support bookstores and help me spread the word that there is hope after fundamentalism.... or buy from B&N online.Thank you so very … [Read more...]

The Mystery Beyond Death: The Meaning of Christmas

(A painting by me, "Joy in July" c Frank Schaeffer 2013)What should we pass on to the next generation? What is essential and non-negotiable? What have our parents founded their lives on that worked? Had they felt as inexperienced and alone as I did the week Mom died in March of 2013? Did being sixty feel like still being a clueless child to them too? Had they experienced what I felt, that the older I got the less I knew?To which I’d like to add, that if after many wanderings you r … [Read more...]

I Loved Christmas but Hated God for Screwing It Up

Edith and Francis Schaeffer AKA Mom and DadChristmas for me will always be toxic and a time when memory drifts back to my missionary kid childhood.  I loved Christmas but hated God for screwing it up. You see, the problem was that every year Jesus made Mom into his Christmas slave. Let me explain. My childhood Christmastime question was: “Mom, who’s going to be in our house for Christmas?” The answer never varied. “The guests God brought to us this year my dear.” The guests were the people th … [Read more...]