The Lord, your God, is in your midst, a mighty Savior; He will rejoice over you with gladness, and renew you in His love, He will sing joyfully because of you, as one sings at festivals. (Zephaniah 3:17)
The reading from Zephaniah expresses in poetic language the boundless love God has for each of us. In some translations the words say "God will exult over you!" It is surely Gods desire that someday we will all be with Him in heaven. No matter what happened before, God is ready each moment to show us this love. The words of Zephaniah and our celebration of Christmas should bring us to a deeper awareness of how profound is Gods love for us.
Send a get-well card to someone in the hospital.
O come, O Dayspring from on high And cheer us by your drawing nigh; Disperse the gloomy clouds of night, And deaths dark shadow put to flight.
The darkest day of the year is here, Dec. 21st, the time of the winter solstice, but the light of hope shines brighter than ever as we light the fourth Advent candle.