Season’s greetings

Sunday, April 8

Luke 19:28-40

On the day after Christmas, my family and I moved from New Jersey to Georgia. In order to set up housekeeping as swiftly and smoothly as possible, we had carefully marked the packing boxes holding our more urgently needed belongings with such labels as “coffee maker!!!,” “linens,” “clock radio” and “kitchen utensils.” These we opened quickly, but it was many weeks before we got around to the last few boxes, those inscribed as “stuff from the den closet” and “miscellaneous/guest room.”

Out of one of these last boxes tumbled a surprise—a stack of Christmas cards received from friends just before we moved. On top of the stack was a lovely blue card showing the night sky over Bethlehem ablaze with stars and angels. Inside were the familiar words from Luke: “Glory to God in the highest! Peace on earth! Good will to all people!”


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