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Christmas Eve Reflection – 24 December 2016

December 24, 2016

I took a brief drive into Rocky this afternoon as I mulled over tonight’s services and messages. While I didn’t see a single Elk or Deer or Rocky Mountain Sheep, I did see a lot of two-legged visitors in cars! I did stop long enough near West Horseshoe Park to take this picture.

The sun has been out a lot more this week which has been very helpful to me. Light shining instead of overcast and gloomy weather during the shorter days and longer nights of winter is a blessing. That is what tonight has been all about. Tonight is the first night of Hanukkah and Christmas Eve. Both celebrations commemorate God’s light shining in the darkness.

Now, after the Christmas Eve services are over, we are relaxing in front of the fire. The 1951 version of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” is on. Like the Grinch who stole Christmas (sorry for the mixed movie metaphors), Ebenezer Scrooge’s heart grew larger that day! The common element? Light! The light of love… I would say the light of Christ!

John’s message of light shining in the darkness and the darkness not being able to overcome it is powerful and needed today. The darkness of hatred, bigotry, misogyny, racism, homophobia, xenophobia… the darkness can overwhelm… it does overwhelm! Shine your light in this darkness, Lord!

It is about time for the nightly Vesper Prayer and so I will close with this word of light, love, and hope from Howard Thurman:

The Work of Christmas

When the song of the angelsis stilled,

When the star in the sky is gone,

When the kings and princes are home,

When the shepherds are back with their flock,

The work of Christmas begins:

     To find the lost,

     To heal the broken,

     To feed the hungry,

     To release the prisoner,

     To rebuild the nations,

     To bring peace among brothers {& sisters},

     To make music in the heart.

Tomorrow is Christmas Day… may the light shine in you and through you, dear reader, as we take a stand with the Lord against the darkness in this land and this world! May we continue the work of Christmas.

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