Christmas Box Review

By Ed Huntley, Lead Pastor Federated Church, East Springfield, PA

In a word, it was GREAT.  Nearly all of the boxes were taken, and I believe that most were put to use.  Personally, I had a very good experience with all four weeks, and the only one that was a “stretch” was week #4.  But I did ask two different men the question, and both responded with thoughtful answers and I was able to pray with them.

Preaching-wise, I had a wonderful time doing sermons on hope, peace and love, and Rick did a great job with joy.  If you’re interested in hearing any of those sermons, you can pull them off our website,

The response of the people was probably best to the week on peace, because of your little devotionals.  They were excellent!  The church did pretty well with the offering for the Dalit kids, also.  So weeks 2 and 3 were the most “doable” I’d say, while weeks 1 and 4 are a little more challenging.

Christmas 2012

Dreaming of a Light Christmas

“Richard, guess who it is?” mum yelled upstairs.
Braking halfway down the rickety stairs,
there he was leaning in our doorway. “If ever I meet my dad, however big he is,
however small I am,” screamed a kid silently,
“I‟m going to run up and hit him as hard as I can!”
And now I‟m no longer a boy.
Dark London night, darker thoughts.
Anyone hurt you?
Christmas can be the darkest time of the year.
Frozen to the stairs, I flashed back two years to a pew and a blind man who opened my eyes to outstretched arms, and to the forgiveness I found there.