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Christmas Lights...

Anybody who knows me well knows that I love Christmas. I love the parties, the trees, the presents, Santa Claus, and the Christmas lights. (OK—I confess that I have a Santa Claus sculpture done in lights out on my lawn, but that is another story.) I’ve been taking the long route around my neighborhood lately because many of my neighbors share my love for the glitter and the whole area is bright with lights.

One thing I find interesting is that all these lights appear at the time when the earth is at its darkest. Where I live in southern Michigan, the sun is rising a few minutes before 8:00 in the morning and is setting just after 5:00 p.m. The early darkness is so lit up by the festive displays that I hardly notice how short the day is. By the time all the lights are shut off in early January we have ten more minutes of daylight than we do today, and things grow a little brighter every day.

All this brings me back to what I love most about Christmas. The light of Christ shines in the darkness of our world and the darkness can never overcome his light. Just as these dark December nights are conquered by the light displays, so the darkness in the world around me and in my own life is overcome by Christ’s light shining in me.  How beautiful that light is!

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"And now let us begin this journey, the Bishop and people, this journey of the Church of Rome, which presides in charity over all the Churches, a journey of brotherhood in love, of mutual trust. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world that there might be a great sense of brotherhood.

I will now give my blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will."

-Papa Francis quote

He does not know you, yet he prays for you.
He will most likely never meet you, yet he loves you.

This is your chance to show your love, for as the Bible teaches, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."