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This is Christmas - Decorating the Christmas Tree

Cheridan Sanders

December 1, 2015
Pakistani boys decorate Christmas tree on roof of house in Islamabad
Pakistani Christian boys decorate a Christmas tree on the roof of their house in Islamabad, Pakistan.
I love images, and as the saying goes, a picture tells a thousand words.  My hope is that over the next couple of weeks our mini-blog series called,  This is Christmas will speak volumes about God's presence in our lives, especially in times of uncertainty. All you have to do is see how Christmas is celebrated in varying contexts around the globe to realize this. One thing that continually strikes me is how universal our Christian faith is, and how powerful it is to see signs of faith in a world that is often a full of ambiguity, suffering, and despair. It is particularly meaningful to contemplate how this ancient message of God's redemptive presence  in our  midst remains as arresting as the first day it was proclaimed through  'a voice crying out in the wilderness'. How paradoxical; how daunting, and yet reassuring to know that our Creator walks with us. God is present and waiting. Isn’t that a beautiful realization? Beautiful enough to save the world.
All images courtesy of  Catholic News Service.
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CNS photo/Zohra Bensemra, Reuters