Thursday, December 24, 2009

Rejoice, rejoice!

by Stephen Crippen

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December 24

Rejoice, rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to you, O Israel.

Glad feast: roasted seasonal vegetables, red wine, warm bread. Glad guest: on Christmas Day, our homeless neighbor takes the chair set out for Elijah. Glad host: each folded napkin and each perfect morsel give voice to an elegant "I love you." Glad tidings: this year, the citizens of Washington state affirmed the civil rights of same-sex couples. Glad peace: from Tacoma to Tikrit, we will never forget those who lost their lives in pursuit of justice and peace, and we will build a better world in their memory, year by year. Rejoice! And blessed Christmas.

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