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"The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God" (John 1: 9-13, NRSV). As you celebrate the birth of Christ this week, I hope this passage in John inspires you. In just a few short lines, John declares God's gift to us in Christ. Though Christ was the creator of the universe and one who gives us the power to become children of God, the circumstances of his birth and life were exceedingly humble. How many ru... Read more