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December 28, 2012, 3:31 PM

That Light!

                                                                                                                   

That Light
Eleanor Cowles
 
How shines that light,
that Bethlehem star light
which brought the world
into being, then came
to walk among us. 
 
How shines that light,
yet we don't see, know,
or want that light.
How it glows and waits
for our hands to open
to receive it.
 
How shines that light
through us now, so we
can show another the way.
How shines that light,
our lives we hold up
high and strong,
a lamp for every path,
a beacon for the world.
 
How shines, how shines
that light!
                                                                                                                                                    from Alive Now
 
Greetings to all,
 
A very merry 4th day of Christmas!  I pray that you are celebrating Christ’s birth in powerful and meaningful ways.  Please don’t take down the tree or turn out the lights.  We need to embrace our Christian traditions.  The culture is done with Christmas as soon as Santa has come and gone, but we are people of faith and we need to be different from “the world”.  Advent is a time of waiting and preparation for the birth of Christ in our lives anew each year.  Christmastide is when we celebrate.  Christmastide is where we get the “Twelve days of Christmas”.  Epiphany is January 6 - the 12th day of Christmas when we celebrate the coming of the Magi. We don’t turn off the lights until the three kings find the place where Jesus lay. Our lights symbolize the star guiding them to the stable. Keep your lights burning!  Maybe you’ll have neighbors and friends ask why you still have your Christmas up and lights burning.  That would be a great way to begin a conversation about your faith and the meaning of Christmas and the coming of the Light. 
 
I’m celebrating Christmas and the end of my tenure as president of the Central Texas Conference United Methodist Women.  It has been a thrill and privilege to serve in this position and I thank you for trusting me with this job and for your support and kindness. I consider you as part of my “UMW family” forever! I’ve been so greatly blessed by you and all the adventures of the past four years. Thank you so much for loving me through the years!
Please join me in welcoming Linda Hutchings as our new president.  She is already a fantastic blessing to this conference and will continue to bless us as president.  I know you will support and love her in a powerful way.

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