The Burning Edge of Dawn — Christmas Day

On Christmas morning, we stand at the burning edge of a new dawn. This is a morning of hope. A morning that says “the Light has come, what we’ve waiting for has arrived.”

Every Christmas, we have the opportunity reaffirm this trust and hope. The darkness does not win, Light will always dawn again and overcome.

It seems, in so many ways, that the world’s darkness is pushing in with an increasing intensity around us. But today, we rise, we look out into the distance and the horizon, and we see the glimmer of a light dawning.

The Light of Christ, which we celebrate today, burns at this edge of dawn. Christ’s compassion and world-remaking love sets a fire in our hearts, calling us out to bear light and hope to all we meet, to all the nations. At this burning edge of dawn, we encounter possibility in the face of the impossible, light in the face of all the darkness.

Merry Christmas, my friends. May you know the power and grace of the Impossible Light deep within your hearts today. May you gather in the company of others who will call that light out in you and who you can work with to kindle fires of goodness, mercy, and justice in the days to come. And may the light sustain you, in the face of every impossibility, on those burning edges of glory, where you live, move, and have your being.

Grace and peace.


PS: After the dawn…
The title of this reflection comes from one of the best albums I’ve heard in the last few years by Andrew Peterson. Need to spend some music gift card money? This album is a great place to start.

Also, just because Impossible Light is wrapping up, doesn’t mean I’m going to stop writing. Find out more here.

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