The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Dark December

The sweet story of Bethlehem was never intended to meet the deep and ancient human needs of these days

Emotions run high these days before Christmas — close to the surface and not entirely in synch, as excited children collide with weepy or tense grownups.

Emotions reach deep, extending back to childhood — failed romances, opportunities lost and gained, children who are still young and no longer young, too much family and too little, and hopes that the new year will redeem rather than perpetuate.

Emotions are raw — grief, anger, stress, fresh love, exuberance.

Dark December is a time of separated journeys, drawing inward, trying to look backward and forward all at once.

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