It's Christmas Eve. In fact, it's past 9.00 p.m. on Christmas Eve in Sweden so that means most families there and in other parts of Europe are well into their festivities.
|Clergy holding the nativity. A piece of our caroler collection|
|An Immanuel Christmas program from a long time ago...a favorite child of mine spreading the good news of great joy!|
The one thing that doesn't change is that Christians all over the world tonight and tomorrow will gather to enter the mystery of the incarnation once again and rejoice that the Light came into the world and that the darkness did not overcome it. Most of us feel that this is more timely than ever this year, when the political climate has led us to feel a great deal of despair rather than hope. And yet, here we are, on Christmas eve, ready to approach the manger with awe and wonder because of the way that God made himself so approachable to us when he sent his son Jesus to come into this world as a tiny little baby to lead us to hope and peace. The road to peace and hope is often very long, and yet, I feel sustained by my faith in something greater than the what the world offers.
|Barcelona, Spain: The Nativity carvings outside of La Sagrada Familia &|
|The Wise Men at La Sagrada Familia|
Italy: Nativities dot the Amalfi coast around every corner