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My Believe Out Loud Piece: The Dawn Light Of Christmas

The story of Christmas is so often told as the story of triumph of light over dark. From John 1:5 to 1 Peter 1:19, the Bible is suffused with allusions to the comings and goings of light.

How are we to understand this? As Christmas draws near and we ponder this question, I am humbled to share with you my latest piece for Believe Out Loud, on the dawn light of Christmas. Below is an excerpt from the piece.

I tend to assume that most people receive the Christmas story from the either/or point of view. That the light destroys the darkness is the lesson I absorbed from the Christmas sermons I’ve heard through the years. It’s a reassurance that heartens me at the darkest moments of my journey in life.

At the same time, it’s problematic when an either/or judgment of good and bad overlays the binary of light and darkness. The enduring gift of bisexuality is that it looks beyond binaries, reminding us that love and value can be found at both ends of the spectrum and everywhere in between.

I encourage you to read the post in its entirety over at Believe Out Loud. This will be my final post before heading into a period of stillness and quiet through the winter. You can read more about my sabbatical in a post here. Till then, I wish you a blessed Christmas. Stay well. The peace of Christ be with you all.


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  • Craig T. Barth on December 25, 2014

    Speaking of a limited “binary” understanding: Much of my understanding of God comes from text/lyrics placed to sacred music I always wrestled with the words of “The night and the day are both alike” in “I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light.” Metaphorically speaking, can we have some darkness in the midst of light and some light in the midst of darkness? I think so! And please, let’s not call it gray! :).’


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