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Sunday, January 3, 2021

darkness and light

“Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.  In him was life and that life was the light of men.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:3-5)

Today marks the 10th Day of Christmastide, the season where we celebrate the coming of the Light into our dark and broken world.  But since we live between advents, between his coming and his coming again, we don't merely celebrate the light coming into the darkness at the birth of Christ, we celebrate the light coming into the darkness of the here and now.  Which means, during this season, we have to have the courage and the patience and the willingness to face, and enter into, our own darkness, name it, and invite the light of Christ to come into it.  For he is, ever and always, the God who comes.  It is the joy and the hope of Christmastide.

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