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I sit here, in these early morning hours. I am in the middle. The middle of the sofa, in the middle of the week between Christmas and New Years. My middle is aching for it’s had too much of everything rich, and sugary … too much. I awake each morning, unaware of what day it is, for routine and normalcy have gone out the window.

That which I was eager to flee, just days ago, I am now eager to return to.

I sit and soak in the glow of the room. Lights that have been piercing the darkness for weeks now … on at 5:45am, off at 8, then back on at 3:30pm and off again at 11. I soak them in this morning, because they will come down today … it is my first act, each year, in reclaiming normal.

But, this moment, this quiet moment I bask in the glow of the Christmas lights. I hear the songs of the season singing in my memory,

O Little Town of Bethlehem, The First Noel, Away in a Manger, Silent Night …

The songs of the season, songs that reside in my heart, in my soul, for they are the songs of hope that have brought me back to this light that pierces the darkness … not just in this holly, jolly season, but throughout the year … not just in my neck of earthly woods, but all over the world … not just for those of us with a tree, and lights, and walls, and food, but in the dankest, the darkest corners of our cities and villages, warming those who feel the cold not just in their hearts, but in their toes.

Songs of hope … the light of world, the light who shines in the darkness … and the darkness has not overcome it (John 1:5).

I ponder this …

This babe who came, humbly, in humble circumstances, who came not to twist our arms, but to untwist the mess we humans have made of the plan … God’s plan, for us. He is the light, the only light, the only one ever born of a woman, who the darkness could not overcome. He is light incarnate. The light in human form … that does not go out!

As the tree gets untrimmed later today, as I unplug my lights from their timer and box it all away for another year, I have certainty that the light of Christmas does not go out, that the darkness cannot overcome it.

For the light of Christmas continues to glow, in the dark places of our world, in the dark places of our hearts and souls, should we open the door for Him to illumine us.

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An afternoon when the sun shone brightly, then clouds came, then quals of snow, and repeat.

A dinner for two … my son caught up in thoughts of his day, I caught up in wondering about, you know peace on Earth, or some other such lofty thing.

I loaded the dishwasher, he headed upstairs to finish writing a short story.

I sighed …

and returned to the dining room to clean the table.

As I entered the room, with he setting sun brightening the entire room, I sighed again …

with delight. And smiled. And thought how I love that room.

Then I thought how I love the climbing rose bushes outside the dining room doors, and how eager I am to breath in their perfume.

And how soon the two Forsythia trees, perfectly in view from the dining room, would be ablaze with yellow flowers.

And how I aced the chicken and rice soup for dinner.

And that I was thankful for the furniture in the dining room that I would be refinishing for a friend.

And, all of a sudden not only the room was lighter, but so was my heart.

“Every good and perfect gift is from above,
coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights,
who does not change like shifting shadows.”
James 1:17

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