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it mean, what do you have to do in order to receive the gifts that God gives you at Christmas? CHRISTMAS WILL ARRIVE THIS YEAR RIGHT AFTER AN ELECTION SEASON THAT’S BEEN SUPER CONTENTIOUS.

Recently, a former general and very recognizable person in Washington D.C. had his emails leaked. And he’s absolutely where a lot of people are—just so unhappy with everything going on in the American political arena.

WHAT WILL READING THE NATIVITY STORY LOOK LIKE AGAINST THE BACKDROP OF 2016?

RIGHT, IT’S LIKE THESE COUNTER OR FALSE CHRIST-

In the first chapter of my book, I tackle the Isaiah chapter on which the Handel’s Messiah is based: The people who have walked in darkness have seen a great light. The message is that when we feel confident, we feel like the democratic process will work, or technology will work, or we have what it takes to meet our challenges, the message of Christmas

THERE’S JUST NO DOUBT TH AT CHR ISTM AS W ILL M EA N SOMETHING IN A Y EAR W HERE PEOPLE W HO W E THOUGHT C O U L D S AV E U S A R E R E A L L Y L E T T I NG US DOW N. negates all of that. The world is a dark place. There’s even places in the Bible, places in the prophets where God says, “You think you can kindle your own fire, but you have to look to Me for your light.” There’s just no doubt that Christmas will mean something in a year where people who we thought could save us are really letting us down.

8 WAYS TO REINVENT YOUR ADVENT SE ASON If you’re like us, you feel that an overly commercialized Christmas misses the point. But you don’t know what you can do about it. Here’s the key: Drop the self-centric season in favor of serving others. We gathered some of our favorite ideas for where to start:

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MASES ARE FAILING RIGHT IN FRONT OF US.

A friend of mine who’s been in politics for many, many years said he’s never seen Washington like it is. He says that there’s all these friendships ending and he doesn’t see them even coming back— friendships within parties are ending over all kinds of things. There’s been a lot of real hard feelings this year in a way he’s just never seen. For quite a number of years now both Republican and Democratic parties have been Messianic— and they’ve grown increasingly Messianic. They are not depicted as “this is a somewhat better way to run the country than the other party,” which is what it was when I grew up. Now the other party is evil, the other party is going to take us off a cliff and our only hope is in this party not that one. Each political group is Messianic, and I think that is actually breaking down. And that’s good. There’s only one Messiah. Democracy, technology, human effort can only make things a bit better. WE CAN’T LEAVE OUT WHAT’S BEEN 24 TO 26 MONTHS OF RACIAL TENSIONS AND UNREST WITHIN OUR COUNTRY. IT’S BEEN A CRAZY COUPLE OF YEARS.

It’s true, and that racial tension is actually part of the same thing [people looking for justice from places that can only make it a bit better]. There seems to be intractable differences that just don’t

DECEMBER

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COOK A MEAL

VOLUNTEER

SERVE

for a friend or neighbor you’ve been meaning to reach out to.

your time at a soup kitchen.

your community through a group service project.

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