Christmas—the light that shone upon a manger—was also, the ancients knew, the light that led them on beyond it as well. If God is truly with us, has been manifested among us, companions us as we go, knows our pains and our hopes, then life is not a dark forest from which there is no exit. It is a darkness, however dark, that is always overcome by light.
Words: Joan Chittister in The Liturgical Year
Image: Photograph "Afternoon River" by The Rev. Scott Fisher