4th Sunday in Advent

We had our Christmas pageant at church this week. I have to say, it was wonderful to celebrate the Nativity, an act of joyful resistance and a declaration of hope into a world in need of goodness. The Nativity: Good news for everyone. A child is born. Hope emerges from a womb of darkness, blood and water, the inland sea of birth into the light; God loves life, so much, that he made a home with us.

Everyday, our hearts are broken open with compassion for the suffering we hear and see, here at home, and in other parts of the world. Yet, the times were fearsome when Jesus was born, too. And still, he came and lived among us. God chose life. We can, too. Remember that angels bring good news: don’t be afraid. The Lord is with you.


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