The Winter Solstice (Dec. 21) marked the shortest day and longest evening of the year.
Thus, the light is beginning to return with increasing days and shortening evenings.
Our Advent emphasis has also shifted in direction from the Second Coming of Jesus to his original arrival as the baby in the manger.
As we await the baby in the manger, we are aware that Jesus brings with him the light that is Hope, Peace, Joy, and LOVE which the darkness of hopelessness, conflict rooted in injustice, misery and suffering, and hate cannot overcome.
It is during the Winter Solstice, Yule, Kwanzaa, Hanukah, Christmas, and various religious and cultural celebrations encourage the entire world to join in a conspiracy of LOVE without the boundaries and confides that often separate us, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, culture, religious or non-religious affiliation, political affiliation, socio-economic status, sexuality, and etc..
And that LOVE is our emphasis this morning. Read the rest of this entry »