The Wonder of Christmas

Kenneth N. Leestma

READ : Luke 2:1-12 On Freeway 91, traveling east, I was moved by the tranquil beauty of the snow-covered mountains, particularly Mount Baldy. The air was clean and the morning sun reflecting off the new blanket of snow made it difficult to concentrate on my driving. I was impressed with the wonder of it all. The people in the village of Bethlehem saw no wonder the morning of Christ’s birth. The manger in the cave was certainly insignificant. The inn …

Camel Knees

Kenneth N. Leestma

READ : Luke 1:46-55 It was Friday morning. We were on our way to church in the “oil town” of Awali, on the island of Bahrain in the Persian Gulf. The Reformed Church has done mission work there for over 100 years. But on this morning we saw camels in the desert area alongside of the road, led by a camel herdsman. My wife Bette said, “Stop! Get your camera! Take a picture!” Camels in their natural environment of the …

Normal, Predictable Behavior

Kenneth N. Leestma

READ : James 5:1-11 “No room. Sorry.” “We’re all filled up.” “No vacancy.” Have you ever attempted to get a room at some motel when you were tired, worn out, frustrated, and just plain angry? You travel all this distance with the goal of finding a room, and then you see the “No Vacancy” sign. I can almost hear the grumble, and perhaps even some anger. That is what we call “Normal, predictable behavior.” Think of Joseph, the husband of …

The Senior Years

Kenneth N. Leestma

READ : Luke 2:21-40 The fifth day of December is special for me as it is the 91st birthday of my mother, Martha Sjoerdsma Leestma. Her joy, her peace and her love have blessed my life as well as the lives of her family and friends. I have never known a more positive person than my mother. But age brings limitations because of health, aching bones, a need to depend on others to help in the normal household chores and …

First Sunday of Advent

Kenneth N. Leestma

READ : John 3:1-17 Nicodemus was a prominent man in Israel. He was a member of the highest religious Jewish court. We would call him a big man in the life of a great people. But with all this knowledge, authority and position, he had a very serious problem. There was a vacuum deep within his soul. One evening he decided to talk to the miracle worker whose name was Jesus. They entered into a beautiful dialogue. Jesus came immediately …