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The Gift of Immanuel

The Gift of Immanuel

As I welcome Christmas morning here on Rocky Top, a dense fog has settled on the lake and is completely hiding its existence. It would be difficult at this moment for me to convince anyone that there is a beautiful lake behind my home. Yet I have seen the lake and...
The Gift of a Savior

The Gift of a Savior

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you...
The Gift of Worship

The Gift of Worship

At the Avant household, the rule has always been, “No Christmas music before Thanksgiving.” We broke that rule this year. With my surgery scheduled for December 2 and the outcome unknown, we decided we needed to worship. So on the way to celebrate Thanksgiving in...
The Gift of Peace

The Gift of Peace

[This post was written by Christi Avant Watson, my eldest daughter. You can find her writings at www.christiavantwatson.com or follow her on Instagram at @cavantwatson.] Earth was born wrapped in the perfect peace of its Creator. Your best gift-wrapping skills have...
The Gift of Hope

The Gift of Hope

[This is an updated blog that I posted in 2017. Be sure to read the new ending. God surely is our HOPE!] The decorating of the Christmas tree up on Rocky Top has always been a festive time … Christmas carols playing in the background, the smell of a freshly cut tree...