Dearly Beloved, Grace and Peace to you.                              Restore us, O God; let your face shine,                   that we may be saved.          You have fed us with the bread of tears,                   and given us tears to drink in full measure.                            —Psalm 80.3, 5

The Gentle One does not cause us pain, yet all tears come from God. The joy of Christmas is the presence of Christ in the dark night of our hurt.

Let your sorrows be a manger for the Christ child, a lowly resting place for the Beloved, who transforms it into a heavenly throne.

The real “reason for the season” is not Jesus all by himself, but the presence of the Beloved embedded in the world's suffering, transforming it into a place of holy encounter.

Go to the rough manger, and behold the tender child.

                    Deep Blessings, Pastor Steve

__________________ Steve Garnaas-Holmes Unfolding Light www.unfoldinglight.net

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