The Word Among Us

Advent 2015 Issue

Publisher's Letter

The Compelling Love of Christ

Reflecting on the miracle of Christmas, Pope Francis once said, “The birth of Jesus brings us the good news that we are loved immensely and uniquely by God, and he not only enables us to know this love, but he also gives it to us; he communicates it to us!” (General Audience, December 18, 2013). More »


Emmanuel, God with Us

People just can’t wait for Christmas. Children count down the days. Parents look forward to seeing their children open gifts. More »

Keep All These Things

Imagine how Mary must have felt on the night when Jesus was born. The long days of waiting were over. Holding Jesus in her arms, She saw the fulfillment of what the angel had promised nine months earlier. She felt the joy that any mother would feel, but also the excitement of knowing that her son was destined to be Israel’s Savior. More »

The Right Man for the Job

Here is a riddle for you: he is the most influential person in the Bible, yet not a single word of his is recorded. Can you guess who this is? More »

Special Feature

Know the Joy of Coming Home

Airports, train stations, and bus terminals can be impersonal and even drab places. At this time of year, though, they are settings for joyful meetings that can bring a tear to a bystander’s eye. More »

Finding My Place, Finding My Faith

As members of the military, my husband, Chris, and I have spent many months away from home. Together, we have been deployed to Haiti and Kosovo, and Chris has been to Iraq on his own, twice. In all of our deployments, we have witnessed more poverty, desolation, and homelessness than we had ever seen before. More »

A Child Is Born to Us

The birth of every child is an occasion for rejoicing. At Christmas, though, we’re all invited to celebrate a birth like no other. Jesus, the long-awaited Messiah and Savior is here! “A child is born to us, a son is given us” (Isaiah 9:5)! More »