As a child, I knew it was really the Christmas season when the lights and decorations went up all around the neighborhood. The twinkling lights got our attention, focusing our young hearts and minds on what was ahead—presents! Maybe this year a new bike?
Those lights and decorations—perhaps more than ever before—still beckon us, still draw our attention to the coming of the season. But often, they fail to direct us to the sacred moment of the birth of Jesus. They fall short of moving us from the decorated outside to the quiet interior where the baby Jesus and his parents wait patiently for us. We still need to enter that house, need to remember and worship the reality of divine love that lives beyond the glittering lights. Maybe this year a new life?
What is your hope and prayer for this new year in Christ?
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