The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:5-6)
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Despite his generosity, Santa’s gifts won’t satisfy completely.
Despite his glowing red nose, Rudolph won’t light the way adequately.
But there is a gift that offers contentment, and there is a light for sufficient guidance: Jesus Christ, God’s gift to mankind for peace and illumination.
Thanks be to God - for Jesus the Christ. Amen.
Nativity scene by Federico Brandani, The Oratory of San Giuseppe (early 16th century), Urbino, Italy; photo: Melissa Habel