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MERRY CHRISTMAS!  My gift to you this season is one I hope you open and enjoy, ponder and cherish.

If I could hand you this present, it would contain one thing….LIGHT.

Without light, there would be only darkness.
Without light, there is no life.
Without light, there is no growth, no flourishing.
Without light, there is only darkness and death.

I wonder if Mary knew what her young, innocent, virginal womb held.  I wonder if she knew the LIGHT that she would bear and birth would one day become the LIGHT OF THE WORLD.

Did she look upon her little one and have that deep sense that only a Mother has, that her Babe, her Jesus, her Child, would change the very ground her sandaled feet walked upon? And that her Son she so gently placed in a wooden manger would one day hang on the wooden cross, for her sins, for mine, for yours.

LIGHT….It only takes a spark, a flicker, a pinpoint to pierce the darkest of places. LIGHT….A candle’s flame, a fire’s glow, a shimmering bulb, a blazing torch, a roaring bonfire, and the greatest light of all, THE SON OF MAN, BORN TO THIS DARK WORLD!

With light, change is instantaneous, life-altering, light-giving. Eyes are opened; paths are lit. This is what happened when JESUS was born!  This is what I celebrate!

Isaiah 9:2-7 (The Message)
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. For those who lived in a land of deep shadows— light! sunbursts of light! You repopulated the nation, you expanded its joy. Oh, they’re so glad in your presence! Festival joy! The joy of a great celebration, sharing rich gifts and warm greetings……For a child has been born—for us! the gift of a son—for us! He’ll take over the running of the world. His names will be: Amazing Counselor, Strong God, Eternal Father, Prince of Wholeness. His ruling authority will grow, and there’ll be no limits to the wholeness he brings. He’ll rule from the historic David throne over that promised kingdom. He’ll put that kingdom on a firm footing and keep it going with fair dealing and right living, beginning now and lasting always. The zeal of God-of-the-Angel-Armies will do all this.

WHAT A STORY! WHAT TRUTH! Like a blazing Christmas tree aglow in its tiny lights, be reminded of the LIGHT OF THE WORLD, of JESUS’ BIRTH, of HIS ETERNAL LIGHT AND LOVE!  This is what I celebrate!!!

My gift to you is this….LIGHT! Look for, see, enjoy, bask in His Light!  It’s yours!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!
May you know the warmth and love of THE LIGHT, Jesus Our Savior!

In Christ Alone,
Trudy