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Light your candle every time you pray in Advent. You may need to get more candles. That would be great. This common practice will unite us in the darkening days. Shine your light on social media using  #HowWeHope as often as you need to feel the connection. You are not alone. The Lord is near. We are near.

Today’s Bible reading

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them.—Luke 2:15-18

More thoughts for meditation

The angels commission the shepherds to share the good news across the countryside. Their job now is to declare the good news, the one that resulted in an eruption of worship, the one that uplifted them, to everyone else. This is good news for all the people. They confirm what the angels tell them and then they keep doing their mission. They “made known” what they had heard about this child and what they witnessed. Something new is happening in Israel, something new is happening in the world, and everyone needs to hear about it. The dawn here. The light is coming. Our captivity in darkness is almost over.

Suggestions for action

Sharing the good news of the birth of Jesus is what the shepherds are commissioned to it. All who believe this good news is for all the people might join them. Let’s keep sharing the good news today. Jesus is going to be born, and the whole world will turn around. One way you can practically do this, share the link to our Christmas Eve candlelight vigil tomorrow. This year really is like no other and the world needs some good news. We will share that good news tomorrow night.