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204 Caledonia Avenue East, Hillsboro, ND

Sr Pastor Joe Johnson 701.430.3787 

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Saturday, December 19

In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan. Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone. Snow had fallen snow on snow, snow on snow. In the bleak midwinter, long ago. Heaven cannot hold him, nor the earth sustain, Heaven and earth shall flee away when he comes to reign. In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed, The Lord God almighty, Jesus Christ.

-ELW #294 V

Paradox is a huge theme in the Christian faith. That is holding two separate ideas as truth beyond what makes logical sense. The God of creation becoming a mortal born of a poor young girl? That feels like a paradox. God dying on a cross, humiliated by the people God came to save? That feels like a paradox.

We know that God is full of glory and we know that one day all will be made new and whole, and Christ will reign forever and ever. But in the meantime there is suffering and death and God can seem mute and impotent. That feels like a paradox.

We celebrate Christmas in the darkest time of the year on purpose. The Light coming into the darkness of the world, hope when it feels all hope is lost, is a paradox. But it is truth. It is the core of our Christian faith. The Light will overcome the darkness. Even in the midst of a world lost in a bleak midwinter, Christ squeezes into our lives, ready with warmth and light and hope.

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