Christmas Day is about celebration. In the darkness of winter, when the light is nearly eclipsed, there is a turning – and the days gradually become longer. The sunshine is reborn, bringing light to hearts and hands. At Christmas there is celebration, but also relief. We’ve lived in waiting for far too long. We have been lamenting captivity and fear too long. The naysayers’ voices have dominated the conversation far too long. We need to hear the voices of hope, courage, and amazement. We need to experience an incarnation – God with us – despite the concrete challenges of everyday life.