Saturday December 29th, Matthew 1: When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus. When we wake up, we too will follow the lead of the Spirit and bring one another into our lives. As we look back on the year we have not done so well as a nation in this respect. There has been almost a steady unfolding of deeds totally contrary to where God is calling us. Gitmo, water boarding, wire tapes, saber rattling, veto’s for children’s programs, lying and a seemingly endless war mentality. The list goes on and on. I pray that in the coming year, we as a nation will begin to see the beauty of the gift of Christmas, the gift of Jesus, God with us, as a gift for all people. I pray we will truly find our footing as a people and begin once again to treat others in this world as the children of God with the same understanding most of us would give to our own brothers and sisters. Maybe then we can start to live up to the bold phrase on our money, In God we Trust. Amen.


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