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    Between the Night and First Light

    It is in this darkest night of the year that God pierced time and space entering the utter darkness of the world, to be the light of, and to, all creation. This light who guides us “more surely that the noonday” to where Jesus is already waiting. To be one with us, with me, with you, - and only here, in the darkness that the beloved is joined with the love, Lover transformed in the Beloved! All of us have known our fair share of darkness. And when, at our darkest moments we cannot bear to even be seen by anyone else, the pain and fear of it so profound,…

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    Live, Consuming Fire

                Tonight is the 200th anniversary of the song, Silent Night. On Christmas Eve, 1818, the song was first sung. Francis Xavier Gruber was commissioned to co-compose music to the poem written by Josef Mohr, the priest in Oberndorf bei Salzburg, Austria. Mohr was born out of wedlock, so it was difficult to find godparents to baptize him. The town hangman agreed, but even he sent his housekeeper in his stead, and Mohr was baptized in the same font as Mozart. Still, Mohr was intelligent and tutored by the cathedral curate and went on to ordination in the church.             Flooding regularly assaulted the church, necessitating repairs of the organ,…