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Third Week of Advent, Sunday, December 13, 2020

God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars.

Genesis 1:16
“Moonlight” by Winslow Homer as found on a store print.

“Oh little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie…Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting light; The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.”

Today we light the third candle of our Advent wreath, Joy. Our world today is filled with so many expressions and acts of hatred and injustice by so many one might wonder, “Joy? What joy?” We Christians proclaim joy in anticipation of the birth of the Messiah who came to us born in a lowly manger under the brightest star in the sky.

This year 2020 has been darkened by the COVID-19 pandemic, wildfires destroying homes and life, hurricanes, tornados, and other forms of loss and fear that touched the lives of our Trinity family. Advent reminds us of the true meaning of Christmas when eternal light was born into this world. As we continue to prepare our hearts in commemoration of the birth of Jesus may we never forget we are ALL precious in His sight.

God indeed made two great lights, the moon and the sun and also the stars but He is the everlasting light—the source—of eternal Hope, Love, Peace and Life.

Jesus spoke to them saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” John 8.12

Nancy Foley