Christmas Break

??????????I just wanted to let everyone know that I’m taking a break from the notes this week and will return next week with notes for Epiphany.  Thanks for joining me!

In the meantime, I’m still posting every day on my “Dancing to God” blog through Christmas Day and would love to see you there.  Go to http://dancingtogod.com/.

And have a wonderful and joyous Christmas as you welcome the Christ Child into your heart!

This text speaks of the birth of a child, not the revolutionary deed of a strong man, or the breath-taking discovery of a sage, or the pious deed of a saint.  It truly boggles the mind:  The birth of a child is to bring about the great transformation of all things, is to bring salvation and redemption to all of humanity.

As if to shame the most powerful human efforts and achievements, a child is placed in the center of world history.  A child born of humans, a son given by God.  This is the mystery of the redemption of the world; all that is past and all that is to come.

All who at the manger finally lay down all power and honor, all prestige, all vanity, all arrogance and self-will; all who take their place among the lowly and let God alone be high; all who see the glory of God in the lowliness of the child in the manger:  these are the ones who will truly celebrate Christmas. (From Christmas With Dietrich Bonhoeffer, ed. By Manfred Weber)

Grace and Peace,

Shelli

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