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The Wild Hope

DSCF2654“The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Emmanuel”—which means, “God with us.”    Matthew 1:23

"To look at the last great self-portraits of Rembrandt or to read Pascal or hear Bach's B-minor Mass is to know beyond the need for further evidence that if God is anywhere, he is with them, as he is also with the man behind the meat counter, the woman who scrubs floors at Roosevelt memorial, the high-school math teacher who explains fractions to the bewildered child.  And the step from "God with them" to Emmanuel, "God with us," may not be as great as it seems.  What keeps the wild hope of Christmas alive year after year in a world notorious for dashing all hopes is the haunting dream that the child who was born that day may yet be born again even in us . . ."

                                                                 --Frederick Buechner

 

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