Author Archives: Carlene Hill Byron

About Carlene Hill Byron

The former editor of New England Church Life and The New England Christian, Carlene Hill Byron is enjoying being home in Maine after 20 years in North Carolina. She is a member of the Redbud Writers Guild. Find her at christianpurposeblog.wordpress.com, churchandmentalillness.wordpress.com and on Facebook at MyHouseHasHistory.

Advent: A Long Journey Toward a Surprising Light


My father’s childhood train trip from California’s wartime blackout to the brilliant lights of Las Vegas provides a different metaphor for our Advent quest. We call wartime “dark days” and in the 21st century we tend to focus on the … Continue reading

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Mary, Martha, and My Holiday Kitchen


That Mary and Martha story can be SO frustrating. Martha is busy in the kitchen. Mary is hanging out with Jesus. Martha wants her sister’s help. And Jesus says no. According to Jesus, Mary’s got it right. Since I just … Continue reading

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Happy Christmas? Merry Christmas? Which is right?


In England today, you say “Happy Christmas!” In the United States, you say, “Merry Christmas!” Why the difference? Believe it or not, the “Merry Christmas!” greeting we use in the US originated in England, more than four hundred years ago. … Continue reading

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Give What You Don’t Have This Thanksgiving


Does an empty table mean an empty life during the holidays? Do you ever feel trapped by someone’s assertion that you “can’t give what you don’t have”? Sometimes it feels like a phrase designed to keep you from activities you … Continue reading

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What the Blue Angels taught me about Christian living


God teaches in mysterious ways. Sometimes, the lesson comes in a still small voice. Today, it came in the roar of six fighter jets flying over my home town during the Great Maine Air Show.   The US Navy’s Blue … Continue reading

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