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The Problem With Christmas…

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…is that as beautiful and lovely as the story with Mary, Joseph, the Baby, the shepherds and the Magi is, that’s just the plot.  In the reality of the situation there are things going on on levels beyond human comprehension.  Words are insufficient. Sometimes, when words fail, art can communicate – or at least open us up to the other levels.  So I share this Christmas morning, two bits of art that have touched me.  The first is an Orthodox nativity icon.  There is nothing particularly special about this icon and nativity icons are all very similar, containing the same elements.  I chose this one mainly because of the size of the photo making for clarity.  I am drawn to nativity icons generally because they always depict the light on the baby, even if highly stylized, and the angels are always visibly present.  Nativity icons force us to understand that this birth is completely supernatural.  And I share a video of the London Symphony performing “For Unto Us a Child Is Born” from Handel’s “Messiah” because it simply is transcendent.

Merry Christmas!




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