“[T]he light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it,” John 1:5.
“When we do this, I know Christmas has begun,” my granddaughter says after packing boxes for soldiers.
She and her cousin are my helpers in this yearly task. Gifts and donations loaded into cardboard. Home-baked sweets for troops, many serving we know not where. A box to light, and lighten, Christmas in dark places.
The night before, the cousin and I set up my nativity–porcelain figurines with a light glowing behind a suspended angel.
At church, a child lights the first purple candle of Advent. I light one at home.
The first candleflicker of Christmas. Little lights for darkening days. Continue Reading…