A Sad Addendum to That "Smallest Baby" Story

Sometimes the news is so painful, you just don’t want to know.A few days ago, I wrote about tiny Melinda Star Guido who, at four months old, is finally healthy enough to go home for the holidays.  Melinda weighed only 9 ½ ounces at birth, and doctors really didn’t expect her to survive.  She was a fighter, though, and after successful treatment for an eye condition and surgery to repair an artery, Melinda faces a bright future. But today I read about another tiny child, Joseph Bradbury.  Jose … [Read more...]

Merry Giftmas! The Christmas That Almost Isn't

Alas, 2011 has been the year of “Happy Holidays.”In my circle of family and friends, people still invoke the Lord’s blessing as they sit down to eat, still say “God bless you” when someone sneezes. It’s almost possible, barricaded in the dining room with the people I love the most, to forget that outside my door, it’s a different story—that for many, the season that reaches its zenith on December 25 is about rank commercialism, and not at all about Jesus.But this year, when I hit the mall o … [Read more...]