Christmas time is nigh: so bye!

That’s our Christmas tree this year! (And part of one of my congas—and some of my wife Catherine’s photography! Which, if you want, you can see more of on her website.)


I’m gonna unplug between now and just after Christmas. I love being online, where I daily receive so much love, humor, and wisdom. You guys bring it like … well, Santa Claus, when he’s lost his list and ecstatically declared, “Screw it! They’re all good kids!”

So I’ll miss you! And I’ll certainly be reflecting upon how grateful I am to so many of you.

That said, it’s also time to be alone with my wife, my memories, and the holy magical mystery that is this time of year.

Here’s to what is, what has been, and what we dare to believe might yet be.

May God keep you and yours warm and safe throughout this holiday season.


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  • Matt

    Merry Christmas, John and Cat! May the peace of the Lord be with you always.

  • Elizabeth

    Merry Christmas, John and Cat. Thanks for everything you give us on the (almost) daily. xo

  • Shane Osmond

    Merry Christmas!

  • Pavitrasarala

    Merry Christmas and thank you so much for all you do!

  • Jennifer Sandberg

    Merry Christmas! I hope you have a wonderful holiday. If you can, please say a quick prayer for my daughter & her boyfriend (almost fiance). He is “detained” here in China. I can’t talk about why, but he has done nothing wrong. It is just aweful. The legal system here in China moves extremely slowly. I am here to support her. We are getting out of China for a few days around Christmas, My prayers, however, are for those who can’t go home for the holidays because of who they are. I have 3 of the most wonderul 20-somethings in th universe & I can’t imagine them not being in my life because of how God made them.

  • Dennis

    Hoping you have a Merry Christmas and all the best in 2014!

  • Jill

    Much love to you crazy kids!