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There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all. (Ephesians 4.4-6)

Do you remember the Greek myth of Pandora’s box? In Greek mythology, Pandora was the first woman on the earth. Zeus wished to counteract the blessing of fire, which had been stolen from the gods by Prometheus and given to man. So he had Pandora created and given to Prometheus’ brother. Since she was stunningly beautiful, Prometheus’ brother did not object. But Pandora brought with her a box, also a gift from Zeus. They were warned to never open it. However, Pandora’s curiosity overcame her fear of what might lurk within the beautiful little box. She lifted the cover and immediately innumerable plagues flew from within its depths to journey all over the world plagues that afflicted the mind, the body, and the soul. In terror Pandora tried to shut the box, but it was too late. Only one thing remained in the box hope. Hope remained to comfort mankind in our misfortune. It is that hope we celebrate during this Christmas season.

The writer of the Gospel of John knew about the importance of hope. “The light shines in the darkness,” he wrote, “and the darkness has not overcome it.” And we are recipients of that hope.

Loving God, help me to share your hope in this sometimes dark world.  In Jesus Name, Amen.

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