Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas!

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned. (Isaiah, 9:2).

I love that line. It expresses such hope. Such possibility. Such joy. The essence of Christmas, long before Christ. But foretelling the birth that we celebrate today.

I was up at 7:15 on Christmas Eve, and my mother and I were at the grocery store just after 8:00. And then we cooked and baked, and baked and cooked. And decorated, and did laundry, and listened to Christmas music, and cooked some more.

Tonight, I went to the 8:00 p.m. church service, at the Anglican church where I spent much of my childhood. I sat with one old friend, and caught up with several others. And sang all the lovely Christmas Carols I love. O Come all ye Faithful, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, and so many others.

Then I came home to ice the cookies and watch some Christmas specials with my brother while my parents, who are in the Choir stayed for the 11:00 p.m. service. I drank a festive glass of wine and wore my santa hat and had an altogether festive cookie icing time.

Christmas day, the other brother and wife and bunny are arriving after lunch, and the festivities will really begin. Merry Christmas everyone!

I leave you with another lovely piece of scripture. The birth of Jesus in the Book of John.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.
The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace andtruth. John bore witness about him, and cried out, "This was he of whom I said, 'He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.' " And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. (John 1: 1-16).

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