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Merry Christmas!!!

Today marks the final full day of astronomical Autumn. Winter starts tomorrow officially at 10:28 a.m. CST. With that 12/22/2017 brings longer days (three seconds longer than 12/21/2017 to be exact.) This is an annual reminder that effects of light take time. “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned” – Isaiah 9:2. The subsequent verse in Isaiah talks of rejoicing and an increase in joy. Though the increase in light won’t have an effect for months on the growing season here in Chicago, it is a huge positive change towards healthy growth. Similarly, the disciples (students of Jesus) are told: “you are the light of the world” – Matthew 5:14, and then continues in verse sixteen: “let your light shine… that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” We who follow Jesus Christ are reminded of our role as “light” on this earth and what better time to be reminded of this than on the approach of the longest night of the year. 2017 was the longest night of the year for some people in their life’s journey. Jesus Christ provides hope and light, with the expectation and understanding of future growth and joy for them. This Sunday, Christmas Eve, we celebrate the advent (coming) of Jesus Christ, our model of light on this earth. We have a special guest who ministers to people who have seen great darkness; she has been a great light for them. Please join us at 1443 W Roosevelt Rd. at 4:30 p.m. this Sunday with a free meal, as usual, from a local restaurant in the area. https://www.facebook.com/nearwestvineyard/photos/a.230849157008317.52894.230832033676696/1601289433297609/?type=3