When is the time for Love to be born?


Please note :: The Connection will be on hiatus for the Christmas holiday.  We wish you a VERY Merry Christmas, and we will see you in 2013!


Tonight is the darkest night of the year, and the darkness of the season is mirrored in the terror and hopelessness we see around us in the world.  If we ever needed a reminder of our need for Christ’s arrival in our lives, it tore through a first grade classroom last Friday.

And yet, as Christians, we know that the darkness does not win.  It seems so threatening at times, but we know the end of the story, and so we wait with joy for the Light of Christ to be unfurled in glory.

And it is in this spirit of hopefulness that we wish you all a most Merry Christmas!  Peace on Earth, goodwill to all!  In the midst of special music, late night services, and children’s sermons, we trust that each of you will find the mystery of the Incarnation made new for you this Christmas.  For, as Wesley himself said, “The BEST of all, God is with us!”

This poem by Madeline L’Engle seems especially pertinent right now.


This is no time for a child to be born,
With the earth betrayed by war and hate
And a nova lighting the sky to warn
That time runs out & the sun burns late.

That was no time for a child to be born,
In a land in the crushing grip of Rome;
Honor & Truth were trampled by scorn–
Yet here did the Saviour make his home.

When is the time for Love to be born?
The inn is full on the planet earth,
And by greed and pride the sky is torn–
Yet Love still takes the risk of birth.

–Madeline L’Engle

By Caren Swanson

–Images used with permission from Wikimedia Commons

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About Caren Swanson

Caren is a former Wellness Advocate with Spirited Life who hails from a small town in the hills of NH, but currently lives in Durham, NC with her family. She enjoys growing, picking and arranging flowers, climbing the magnolia trees in Duke Gardens with her daughter Clara, and hosting potlucks with friends and neighbors.

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