The introduction had an illustration that was helpful for me:
The author went on a wild and wet roller coaster ride with his daughters. He didn't want to get his camera wet so bought a throw-away camera.
When he got home, he had to search to find a place to get the pictures developed. He waited impatiently and when they were finally ready, he enjoyed being able to re-live the fun of the ride through the pictures.
So it is that we can study the birth of Christ every year and re-experience this joy.
**Matthew wants us to slow down to confront this hurting world, looking for Jesus, who is already here.
**Mark wants us to trust God - slow down, turn around, and prepare the way for Jesus.
**Luke would want us to sing of the power of this good news.
** John would want us to see the light in the midst of our darkness and become a gift for others.
I thank Rita for opening her home on Monday evenings, for being our leader, and for including me in this special group.
It is always a blessing to share and learn with others who are striving to live our lives in a Christian way.