There are so many things I want to write about, this Christmas. About peace, especially. About being light to the world. About joy and beauty and love. About concepts so big I can't even put them into words.
Mostly, about the phrase I came across in a book I read recently. "Light a candle for Christmas Eve." In the book this is in the context of Christmas during World War I - when there was a spontaneous, unofficial cease-fire in the trenches, and may lit candles to celebrate the birth of Christ, oblivious to their personal safety.
I haven't been able to get the words out of my head, and I think they have a wider application than a cease-fire almost a century ago. As I go to services tonight, and tomorrow on Christmas morning -- as I light the Christ candle at the centre of the Advent wreath -- I will think about this. Light a candle -- not just for Christmas Eve, but for every day. Light a candle -- and share the Light with the world.
As the last lines of this gorgeous Spanish carol proclaim: God is born -- God is here!