Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas Letter 2012

The Christmas Story in Luke, Chapter 2 in the Bible

I thought I'd share an excerpt from our family Christmas letter.  I left the newsy and personal section off, but this part is my favorite anyhow.  

Dear Friends and Family,

Usually I write our annual Christmas letter the week before Christmas. Instead, last week we grieved with the nation at the tragic loss of a first grade class at Sandy Hook elementary school. How could one possibly write of joy at a time of such heartache? I was reminded of Milton’s Paradise Lost and thought it was fitting for the mood of our country at this time. In this fictional poem, based on the Bible, the angel Michael recounts to Adam and Eve the story of Christ’s redemption: from the moment they must leave Eden, to Jesus’ birth and second coming. Adam’s reaction to this great story of redemption is as follows.

“Oh Goodness infinite, Goodness immense,
That all this good of evil shall produce,
And evil turn to good-- more wonderful
than that by which creation first brought forth
light out of darkness! 

And then in this new understanding of the way Christ would right all the wrong brought into the world by man’s turning, Adam and Eve make their way into the world God has prepared for them.

“Some natural tears they dropped, but wiped them soon.
The world was all before them, where to choose
Their place of rest, and Providence their guide.
They hand in hand, with wandering steps and slow,
Through Eden took their solitary way.” 

Though we are saddened by the pain in this world, we are joyful in the hope and light that Jesus’ birth represents. We know that God intends to make all things right, and that we are a part of His greater story of redemption. When we live in this hope, we reflect the light of that very bright star on the first Christmas. We are encouraged to live each day looking for the many blessings and triumphs that surround us. We want to share the beauty we find in the tiny promise of a garden seed and the comfort found late at night as we hold our children close. It is in the small moments that the wonder and goodness in this life is found.


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