Tonight is Christmas Eve, today is the last day of Advent, the season when we look forward to God coming into the world: long ago, as a baby, among a dispossessed people in an occupied land and on a day no one knows, in triumph and glory, to usher in the kingdom of God. And on Christmas Eve—on the last day of Advent—we light a candle and we tell a story. And the story starts like this: God loved the world this way. God called the worlds into being, and planted a garden, and saw that it was good…

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