45 Days Until Christmas

Our local paper reminds me that Advent is nearly upon us. In fact, Christmas is nearly upon us.

I know that this early arrival of Christmas irritates many people. But, lI feel more like this child photographed at the Maine Mall.

Isn't he darling? He reminds me that there is joy and wonder that awaits us -- so very much joy and wonder. I was just talking to a dear friend and her sentiments about the election this week (we were both a bit apathetic) reminded me of this unexpected joy. Despite our deepest longing in the darkest of nights, even when it seems impossible, we can still be surprised by hope, love, joy and peace. It can really happen and Christmas reminds us to await this mystery with wonder.

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