Advent Four: Christmas Eve

“And in the same region, there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.’” ~ Luke 2:8-12
As we enter the story of the birth of Love Among Us, we are invited to be present with love. It is the night we celebrate the opening of the most precious gift of presence we know–the birth of the Christ Child, the Light of the World. As we light our candles, we open our hearts to becoming part of the gift of light and love in the world. Like the choice the shepherds faced, will we live in the shadows of fear, or will we dare to run to the manger to know and believe the Good News of new possibility for all who need it most?

Merry Christmas!