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One of my favorite things to do this time of year is to drive around town and look at Christmas lights. Each year I’m amazed at people’s skill and creativity. Some houses are decked out all in blue, some in multicolored lights and icicles, and some are done all in white lights, offset with cheerful red bows. Some lights chase and twinkle, while others give off a steady glow, but all are beautiful. All translate the happy, festive feel of the season.

Jesus told His disciples, “You are the light of the world.” I suppose there are as many kinds of lights as there are people.

Some people are like flood lights, boldly shining in dark places, bravely speaking out for what is right.

Some people are like candles, glowing slowly and steadily with God’s love in their everyday lives, brightening the existence of all who encounter them.

Some people are Christmas bulbs, living their lives with humor and joy. A person can’t help but smile when in the presence of these people and the goodwill they seem to emit.

Whatever kind of light you are, whatever personality God has given you, I pray that you, and I, and all of us, will shine brightly this Christmas season, bringing joy to others and to the heart of God.
Peace!
Jean

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i wonder

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”
― Lewis Carroll

Photo by Cheryl Cook

While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks

There were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. Luke 2:8

While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks

While shepherds watched their flocks by night,
All seated on the ground,
The angel of the Lord came down,
And glory shone around.
And glory shone around.

Fear not, said he, for mighty dread
Had seized their troubled mind;
Glad tidings of great joy I bring
To you and all mankind.
To you and all mankind.

To you, in David’s town this day,
Is born of David’s line
The Savior who is Christ the Lord,
And this shall be the sign
And this shall be the sign

The heav’nly Babe you there shall find
To human view displayed,
All meanly wrapped in swathing bands,
And in a manger laid.
And in a manger laid.

All glory be to God on high
And on the earth be peace.
Goodwill henceforth from heav’n to men
Begin and never cease.
Begin and never cease.

Text: Nahum Tate, 1652–1715
Music: George Frederick Handel (1815)
Audio: Stephen Sollars
Photo: Marge McCoy

The attached audio includes four verses but we included the lyrics for all five verses of the hymn.

so lovely

We draw people to Christ not by loudly discrediting what they believe, by telling them how wrong they are and how right we are, but by showing them a light that is so lovely that they want with all their heart to know the source of it.
Maeline L’Engle

Photo by Diane Domigan