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Advent 2016 – Christmas Day

“We are creatures made for heaven; but we are born of this earth. We love the beauty of this world; but we sense there is something more behind that beauty. Our longing for that ‘something’ pulls us outside of ourselves. Striving for ‘something more’ is a part of the greatness of the human spirit, even when it involves our failure and suffering. In the words of St. John Paul II, something in the artist, and by extension in all human beings, ‘mirrors the image of God as Creator.’ We have an instinct to create beauty and new life that comes from our own Creator.” (Robert Barron)

As our time for celebrating Advent comes to a close with the beautiful majesty of Christmas day, let us ever be mindful for the reason that Christ came… I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10).

Dear Lord, help us to mirror your beauty to a culture around us that desperately needs to see and experience that beauty. Help us to glorify you among our friends. Use us to help them understand the true reason that Jesus came. Amen.

Merry Christmas!
Jim Howard, pastor