Illuminating the 12 Days of Christmas- The Ninth Day of Christmas

Well, in my excitement to participate in a new tradition (new to me), I messed it up.  The 12 Days of Christmas actually started on Christmas Day so we are a day behind with this series.  The feast days were still the right days, we are just off by one.  On my journey into contemplative practices, I've learned that it's called a practice for a reason.  We're practicing this faith.  Next year I'll be better versed. 

Thank you for hanging with it and spending these first days of 2017 reflecting on Christ's coming to earth and revelation.

The Ninth Day of Christmas (according to our series)- January 3

Reflection from "When the Time Was Fulfilled"

"The little stable in Bethlehem was a place where God's love broke in. While on earth, Jesus expected God's kingdom to break in. His expectation was that light must break in upon this darkened earth. He saw that death had heaped up a barrier so that light could not come into life on earth. Therefore he sacrificed his life so that in the area of death an opening might be made; so that there might be a rift in the layer of fog around the earth through which the light of God could come in. If a house has even only one window where the sun shines in, it can no longer be dark inside the house.

If Jesus opens a breach in death then God's kingdom comes down to this earth. This was the faith that the early Christian church had when they waited for the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. They were determined to wait until the flame of the Spirit, like the star over Bethlehem, should come down at this one place. And this did happen; it came.

From the place where a stream enters, it pours out into the entire world. Where love breaks in, all other forces yield. Jesus was victorious on the cross, not by a greater force, but by a greater power-the power of love- in comparison with which all force is nothing. No human force is able to achieve anything in comparison to the power of love."

Eberhard Arnold