Christmas 2018

Dear Friends:

We are celebrating Advent. We are waiting for the Celebration of the birth of Christ. What is more beautiful than knowing that Christ is born in your heart. It is this wonderful feeling of peace.

“Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10)

It was the year 1989 and my husband and I were on a 4 year stay in Germany. We lived in the Algaeu, in the southwestern part of Bavaria. Winters there are normally true winter wonderlands but not this year. It was getting close to Christmas and there was no snow in the whole area. We had a Christmas vacation planned in a small town in Austria, in Seefeld, about a three hours drive from our home. We wanted to spend our last Christmas of our stay in Germany in this magical town in Austria. I was sure we would have a white Christmas.

We arrived in Seefeld on December 23rd, but there was no snow in sight. We stayed right in the center of town next to a beautiful Catholic Church. I had packed some Christmas decorations and off we went to find a little pine tree. We decorated it and our little tree was beautiful. All we needed now was snow. All day I prayed, please Lord, let it snow. I was not sure how important this was to our Lord, I did let God -Father, Son, and Holy Spirit- know that this was very important to me. There was no snow in the forecast and this is one of the favorite ski areas in this area.

After my husband fell asleep, I knelt by the window looking at this amazing clear starlit sky. I remembered the words from the Bible, “Ask and it will be given to you.” I pleaded with the Lord: “Please Lord, let it snow. This is all I want for Christmas.” I thanked the Lord and went to sleep.

I truly felt like a little girl when I got up in the morning and went straight to the window and lo and behold it was snowing and this truly felt magical. I said: thank you, thank you, thank you Lord.  Our Lord answered my prayer. What magic there is in prayer. We then hiked all day in the snow.

After a wonderful Christmas dinner at our hotel that evening, with readings from the Bible in three languages (German, French, and English), we attended Midnight Mass at the Church right next door.

After mass the whole choir with trumpets, trombones and other brass instruments walked out into the town square, the congregation followed, and the music continued into the late night. Even the balconies around the town square where filled with musicians delighting the townspeople and all of us. This was pure magic. I could not have had a more beautiful Christmas.

Our Lord is faithful. ”Ask and it will be given to you.”

What a gift our Lord gave to us with the birth of his Son which we celebrate for 2018 years this Christmas.

And the word became flesh and made His dwelling among us, and we saw His glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son full of grace and truth.” John 1:14

Jesus’ Birth Foretold

Luke 1:26-36 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth, 27 to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And coming in, he said to her, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord [e]is with you.” 29 But she was very perplexed at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation this was. 30 The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; 33 and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.” 34 Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” 35 The angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God. 36 And behold, even your relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age; and she who was called barren is now in her sixth month.

We wish you and your family a joyous Christmas and many blessings for a healthy, peaceful and happy 2019.

May God bless you.

Your friends in Christ, Brunhilde and Lubbo


One with The Sacred Heart of Jesus

He was born for us and died for us.

With His Sacred Heart He is calling us to spend eternity with Him.

He loves us so much.

This is what we celebrate on Christmas: The perfect love and Gift of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Isn’t this what we celebrate and are thankful for each day? My first thought in the morning is a thankful prayer for a peaceful night and a request for our Lord to stay present each moment of the new day. To guide me in all I do. I also ask the Lord to keep all the people I encounter that day close to His heart.

Did you ever envision what life would be without our Lord? I tried and found nothing but emptiness. He is our essence. He is the one that fills the core of our being with Himself. He renews our whole being. He puts a spark in our hearts to share His love in a world that needs it so much.

When I created the above painting, so many things were happening in the world that was not good. I said to our Lord, “We are all made in your image; we are all alike, we are all loved equally by You.” I was troubled by all the discontent in the world. That night in a dream I was shown a table set with many different colored cups, saucers and dinnerware; various colored pillows were strung across the room. It was a beautiful picture. It all fit perfectly. I then woke up. The whole day I was contemplating about this. I had an empty canvas on my easel ready to fill. The next day with the vision still on my mind, this time not in a dream, the Holy Spirit showed me the bleeding heart of the Lord on fire. I was awestruck. Immediately I was shown the white cross behind it. I thanked the Lord and I knew I had to try to bring this to the canvas.

I did. I find the above painting a wonderful meditation on the love our Lord gives to us each day.

Our Lord died on the cross for all of us in the world. He rose from death and is one with the Father and the Holy Spirit. His heart is bleeding and on fire with love for each one of us. Let’s bind together and spread His love.

A note from the book Artist to Artist:

“The Artist has only to remain true to his dream and it will possess his work in such a manner that it will resemble the work of no other man.” (By Albert Pinkham Ryder, 1847-1917)

I wish all of you a happy Thanksgiving with family and friends, and I also wish you a very merry Christmas.

Your friend in Christ, Brunhilde

Christmas 2016 by Brunhilde Luken

Dear Friends,

Christmas is coming closer. It is such an exciting time of the year. I see the most beautiful decorations, many lights, also angels. We also see the displays of a crèche with the baby in it. The world is again waiting, waiting to celebrate the birth of Christ. The Christ that came into the world to save us from our sins. God loved us so much that He sent us His only begotten Son to set us free. This is the greatest gift we can ever embrace. Continue reading “Christmas 2016 by Brunhilde Luken”

Merry Christmas Season and a Happy and Healthy New Year

By Brunhilde Luken

I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas celebration, a time to experience and celebrate the birth of Christ renewed within yourself. What a Gift our Lord gave to us. What a Gift we are able to celebrate each moment, each day, and each year anew;

It is all because Mary said “yes” to the Lord, not knowing all she said “yes” to, because she loved the Lord.

Let us all say “Yes” to our Lord’s teachings and see Christ in all of our brothers and sisters to help bring peace on earth. Then, together we can shout out with joy:


The Magic of Christmas by Brunhilde Luken
The Magic of Christmas by Brunhilde Luken

“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel,” which is translated, ‘God with us.’” (Matthew 1:23)

The following is taken from my daily reading My Utmost for His Highest:

His Birth and Our New Birth

His Birth in History. “That Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God (Luke 1: 35). Jesus Christ was born into this world, not from it. He did not emerge out of history; He came into history from the outside. Jesus Christ is not the best human being the human race can boast of–He is a Being for whom the human race can take no credit at all. He is not man becoming God, but God Incarnate—God coming into human flesh from outside it. His life is the highest and the holiest entering through the most humble of doors. Our Lord’s birth was an advent—the appearance of God in human form.

His Birth in Me. “My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you…”(Galatians 4:19). Just as our Lord came into human history from outside it, He must also come into me from outside. Have I allowed my personal human life to become a “Bethlehem” for the Son of God?  I cannot enter the realm of the kingdom of God unless I am born again from above by a birth totally unlike physical birth. “You must be born again” (John 3:7). This is not a command, but a fact based on the authority of God. The evidence of the new birth is that I yield myself so completely to God that “Christ is formed” in me, His nature immediately begins to work through me.

God Evident in the Flesh. This is what is made so profoundly possible for you and for me through the redemption of man by Jesus Christ.

This is Christmas–a poem by Brunhilde Luken

I walked through this beautiful town.
The sun was shining brightly. It was so peaceful.
The leaves were glistening from the morning dew.|
I made a comment, how beautiful,
To my guardian angel who was guiding me through town.

He looked at me and said:” you have to see this on Christmas”
Immediately everywhere the lights started flickering.
The whole town was lit up.
A tremendous peace came over me.
I looked at him and said:” Oh yes, this is Christmas.”

“Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27)

From all of us on the Commission for Women to all of you,

We wish you a Merry Christmas season and a Blessed New Year.

Christmas 2013: Seek after the Good, the Truth and the Beautiful: The celebration of the birth of Christ.

by Brunhilde Luken

Christmas is almost here, are we ready? I am not talking about the shopping, baking and card writing. These are all things that are somewhat important. They are not that important.

Christmas 2013

We are getting ready for the Birth of Christ: the Birth of Christ within us. This wonder, this light in our midst coming into a darkened world, is often hard to comprehend.

  • Are we ready to embrace all that the Love the Lord offers us with His Son?
  • Are we ready to accept His invitation to this cosmic dance?
  • Are we ready to love one another as He loves us, sending His Son into a world that is not ready?
  • Are we ready to be His Hands, and Heart and His Feet?
  • Are we ready to follow the light He is, the Light of a world full of tribulations.
  • Are we ready to share His Love in this often darkened world?

Our Lord informed us, “I am with you always.” Are we prepared to have a constant conversation with the Lord? When He comes into your life you are filled with this incredible joy, one that nothing can take from you. There is nothing that can take its place.

Live in His light and let that light shine in front of you to direct you in the way He wants you to go. With His light shining through us we are part of the divine life. We are taking part in this cosmic dance.

With the Birth of Christ all the Earth shall sing and worship Him.

Before Christ died for all of us, He promised us the Holy Spirit.  This is the Holy Spirit that we need to bring into the world to take away this darkness that puts shadows in so many lives. Yes, we have to be that light for the world.

It is the same light that will help us to be ready for the birth of Christ within each one of us. What a glorious day it will be when each of us fully realizes that yes, Christ was born for me. What a gift, the gift of the Holy Spirit.

All of this we celebrate each day and especially on Christmas when we remember the birth of Christ.

This is Christmas
by Brunhilde Luken

I walked through this beautiful town.
The sun was shining brightly. It was so peaceful.
The leaves were glistening from the morning dew.
I made a comment, how beautiful,
To my guardian angel who was guiding me through town.

 He looked at me and said: “You have to see this on Christmas”
Immediately everywhere the lights started flickering.
The whole town was lit up.
A tremendous peace came over me.
I looked at him and said:” Oh yes, this is Christmas.”

Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:27)

To all of you a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year from our house to your house with love, Brunhilde Luken

Christmas 2012 by Brunhilde Luken

“She will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus,
for He will save His people from their sins.”

(Matthew 1:21)

Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel,
which is translated, “God with us.”

(Matthew 1:23)

 Christmas, it is a special time of the year.

It is the Season when we all like to be a child again and feel this magic we felt long ago. Let us feel this magic now. What greater magic can there be, then our Lord being born for us. To show us how to have this magic in our hearts and show His love to one another. We don’t need to be a child to have this magic in our hearts, if we allow Christ to be born in us. Children’s eyes will sparkle with wonder when they hear the story of Baby Jesus. Let us celebrate this miracle of the Birth of Jesus new each year.

Decorations and lights are everywhere. There is this magic smell of Christmas cookies. Children and adults walk around with happy faces and sparkling eyes. People are running from store to store buying gifts for one another. Yes, we give love with a little gift, a “thank you.” We show the love that God gave to us with His Son, that love that came to us to awaken our hearts to one another. We so often forget. But Christmas, oh yes, on Christmas we allow ourselves to give a gift of love and to receive that gift. We show caring and love for one another that are so much needed in our world. A little “thank you” can bring so much joy.

Growing in Love

There is this special Christmas I so remember from long, long ago, when I was a little girl in Germany.

 Christmas long ago

It was 1945 right after the war
We had lost everything,
My father was somewhere a prisoner of war.
We did not know where.

Every day we sat by the little radio listening to the announcer
Reading the names of the prisoners to be released.
Not his name, not yet, it was our biggest wish that father would come home for Christmas.
Mother reminded us, we have so much to be thankful for.
There were seven of us children and mother

She kept saying, “Christmas will come.”
But Christmas will be soon
There was so much magic in the air
I was still little; there was no tree, no decorations, and not much food

Mother kept saying, “Yes children the Christkindle will come,
He was born for all of us.”

Then finally Christmas Eve arrived.
My older siblings and my mother where bustling around
Everything was spic and span.
We little ones were so excited
All that magic
We just sat there all cleaned up and waited

We could barely contain our excitement.
Mother kept assuring us, the Christkindle would not forget us
We just sat very still and trusted her fully.
She must know, she is all grown up
Then in the distance we could hear the bells

Oh mother, did you hear that?
This must be it; it has to be the Christkindle
Our excitement grew by the second.
We could hear each other breathe
There the bells again, oh mother,
Our hopes and smiles were bursting forth
Then the bells, very close
Then the music of angels singing by our door
Then a knock,
Mother opened the door.

What a beautiful sight
There was the Christkindle, a beautiful angel with big wide wings
And Knecht Rupprecht, her helper, with a sack full of gifts and a little tree with candles and decorations
There was a teddy bear for me, and a tiny village made of wood for my brother
Everybody got a gift
I held on tightly to my bear
He was so precious
We all sang songs
We were very happy.

Then the Christkindle left.
They had yet to see many children
We all happily huddled together. We looked at each other.
Mother said, “Didn’t I tell you the Christkindle would come?”
Born out of love to teach us to love one another,
This is Christmas!

I could see a little sadness in my Mothers eyes and a tear.

Then in early spring as we sat around the radio and my father’s name
Was announced as one to be released
Mother turned to us,

“Didn’t I tell you, Christmas would come?”

He was born to be among us, the perfect gift of love.Our Lord in our midst, born of a virgin,
Fully human and fully God, to show
Us a way to have Christ born in our hearts,
To live for all eternity.
We wish you a very Merry Christmas
And a blessed New Year

Unto us a Child is born, let us all go and worship this Christ child

Reflections on Christmas by Brunhilde Luken

As we celebrate
the birth of Christ,
let us remember that
He came to teach us
to love one another
as He loved us

May you know His love now
And throughout the year

To all of you from the Commission
of Women,
Merry Christmas
and a Happy New Year


by Brunhilde Luken

When we think about gifts, many of us think about something tangible, but the most precious gifts are not the ones we can see or hold in our hands.

We all received many gifts from our Lord, we just have to recognize our gifts. Gifts that we received to give. In Matthew 7:11 “Keep Asking, Seeking, Knocking. Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you”.

My brother-in-law in Germany passed away just recently. While he was very ill, not being able to do anything for himself, I spoke with my sister almost every day. If I did not call her, she would call me, even if it was 1:00 AM in Germany. Many times she informed me how much it helps her to be able to share his and her suffering with me. I did not think about this much except that I was sorry with her. I suppose this was also a gift, a gift of sharing in her and his sorrow. A gift of listening to her to brighten her day just a bit.

To me it is sad when somebody says, “oh, I don’t have any gifts”. We all have special gifts, just a little hello, a friendly smile at the grocery store or to a neighbor, picking up a newspaper that ended up too close to the street and placing it near the house, reaching a helping hand and so many more. Living in the Light of the Lord, will help us find our gifts, gifts we can freely share and brighten somebody’s day. In Romans 12:6 “Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them in faith”.

I like to share a story about one of my best Christmases about eight years ago.

We were a group of artists painting together one morning when I turned to my friend and said: “somehow my art is not flowing today”. She replied: “why don’t you paint one of your fast ones today.” I knew from past experiences that when I am really inspired, my art flows easily. I said, “You are right.” Immediately I felt very inspired. When I paint I feel especially the presence of our Lord. I painted the head of a girl. I looked at my painting and named it “The Mystery Girl.”

The following year I took part in an art show with several artists. On one of the last days of the show a woman bought several of my paintings. Then she saw in the corner of my area the painting “The Mystery Girl.” She was fascinated by the painting and told me this would be a Christmas gift for her daughter. She asked if I could have it framed by Christmas. I told her it could be done. Before Christmas I called her to let her know that the painting, now beautifully framed, was ready to be picked up. She was excited but informed me she could not pick it up now because school was out and her children were home. I said, “Oh, just bring them, I love children!” She then informed me that the painting she wanted to buy, the one I just had framed for her, was for her daughter who was severely handicapped. I asked her the name of her daughter and she said, “It is Madison Rose.” “Madison Rose, what a mysterious name,” I thought. And immediately I knew that the painting belonged to Madison Rose. By then we had agreed on a price. I can still hear her say the name, Madison Rose, the mystery of our Lord. I immediately called her back asking her to please accept the painting as a gift from me,  that the painting belonged to Madison Rose. I knew that this was a gift the Lord gave her through me.

I shipped the painting to her and received a wonderful thank you note and several photos of Madison Rose. Her mother told me when Madison Rose saw the painting on the wall opposite her bed, she had the biggest smile. I was so thankful, what a gift the Lord gave me. I was able to give my gift of love, and I received such a big gift back. It was such a wonderful Christmas. I hold her photos dearly in my heart.

When God calls us to Himself, He reaches out for us and draws us closer to him.

Psalm 25:4,5, “Show me your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths, Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on you I wait all the day”.