Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Hope of Christmas

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care...

Yeah, we make our own Christmas ornaments.

Roll the dough and cut them out.

Don't forget the hole for the hanger!

Now it's time to decorate the tree.

Lucy, exhibiting her excellent balance.

How many living creatures does it take to work an iPad?

In a season often fairy dusted with saccharine, cloying distractions, we are reminded that the Jesus who came into the world homeless and vulnerable is also the Christ who comes to each of us in our own places of lowliness and despair. We know this not because of the cradle but because of the cross. God came into a world of violence, fear, and suffering and offered peace, rest, and abundant, eternal life. Christ's resurrection is God's message to us that the worst thing is never the last thing. That is the promise of Easter and the true hope of Christmas.

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