Sherri Gragg

Writer. Mom. Daydreamer. Dog's Best Friend.

Monthly Archives: December, 2012

The Gracious Gift of the Law

The Greeks had only one word for the law and it was negative and punitive, but for the Jews, the Torah was always perceived as God’s gracious gift. And a … Continue reading

December 31, 2012 · 1 Comment

Bonhoeffer Quote

“Being a Christan is less about cautiously avoiding sin than about courageously and actively doing God’s will.” ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer To read an interesting essay on the subject, check out … Continue reading

December 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

Day 25- The Significance Of “70”: The Boy Jesus In the Temple

Where’s Jesus? One baffled frown mirrored in the face of another.  A skip of the heart.  A tremor of terror. I thought he was with you. The caravans of pilgrims … Continue reading

December 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

Day 24- “Out of Egypt I Call My Son”: A Priestly Line in Egypt

In the sands six miles north of Cairo, Egypt Hebrew inscriptions can be found among the ruins of an ancient city.  Jewish burial catacombs snake under the dunes.  This is Tell … Continue reading

December 24, 2012 · Leave a comment

Day 23-“Her Children Are No More”: The Slaughter of the Innocents

This, as every post in this series, was written ahead of time and scheduled to be posted on the appropriate day.  I wrote this particular piece by the light of … Continue reading

December 23, 2012 · 2 Comments

Day 22- Two Dreams and a Midnight Flight

“Get up.” Moments earlier, there was the blackness of midnight, the stillness of village slumber. Then, sleep was riven by light and alarm. Joseph was no ordinary man. He was … Continue reading

December 22, 2012 · 2 Comments

Day 21- A Royal Welcome and Three Special Gifts

Herod held his paranoid, murderous impulses together long enough to craft a subtle plan. He would deceive the wise men from the east into finding the child and then revealing … Continue reading

December 21, 2012 · Leave a comment

Day 20- A Grand Entrance and a Perfect Storm: Flipping Herod’s Crazy Switch

A caravan of horses and camels rode through the streets of Jerusalem.  Men dressed in rich Parthian robes were flanked by guards wielding spears, swords, and shields.  They rode purposefully, … Continue reading

December 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

Day 19- “A Star In The East”

Balaam was having a rough month complete with an angel of God, a talking donkey, and problems in his job.  He had been hired by the King of Moab to … Continue reading

December 19, 2012 · Leave a comment

Day 18- “We Three Kings”: Who Were The Wise Men From the East?

The sun beat down on them by day, and they slept under a canopy of stars by night.  They had been travelling the International Highway for many weeks in a caravan … Continue reading

December 18, 2012 · Leave a comment