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Sunrise over Edmontonhttps://www.google.ca/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwiPu637hJfQAhWKjlQKHXd7DZsQjB0IBg&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.panoramio.com

Sunrise over an Edmonton winter  www.panoramio.com

8:49 AM
Wednesday, December 21, 2016 (MST)
Sunrise in Edmonton, AB

4:16 PM
Wednesday, December 21, 2016 (MST)
Sunset in Edmonton, AB

There is enough Time

There is enough time in this scant 7.5 hour day to remind us of the great light Who has risen. Let this Christmas revive us with hope found in a person – the One who made us fur Himself. Some 700 years before Christ was born, the prophet Isaiah wrote:

The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
a light has dawned…

For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.

Merry Mix-Up or Merry Christmas?

Christmas is a time of paradox and self-contradiction, rife with materialism, wars that do not cease, and competition for your thoughts and dollars. Despite the merry mix up of our confusing times, let me draw your attention to Micah’s prophetic word about the Messiah who would be born in a humble town, of a humble family, in humble circumstances – and may you sing anew that old carol:

O little town of Bethlehem
How still we see thee lie
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight

How silently, how silently
The wondrous gift is given!
So God imparts to human hearts
The blessings of His heaven.
No ear may hear His coming,
But in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive him still,
The dear Christ enters in.

Merry Christmas!