1. What strangers have you encountered this Christmas season? Who are the wise and contemplative thinkers who help us to see where heaven is reaching down to earth? How do we make room in our lives for strangers and wise ones?
2. Edna Froese writes that “Christmas . . . is so often about returning and not being able to return, about being at home and not being at home. About hope.” Do you agree? How does a time away change our perspective of home?
3. Froese says that, “at their truest, gifts are part of the self that is offered to another self.” What gifts have you given or received that show this statement to be true? What motivates you when choosing gifts for others? Is there a time and place for gifts to be unimaginative and practical?
4. What does the painting “The Commitment” show about Joseph? How did Joseph’s life show his commitment to God? What actions show commitment in our lives?
—Posted Dec. 10, 2014