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The Rev. David Lewicki

Joy Comes in the Evening

Luke 2:22-40

1st Sunday after Christmas - Year B

January 01, 2012

The Rev. David Lewicki (PCUSA)

Last year was the first Christmas that the bulk of a congregation's pastoral care needs fell on my shoulders.  I was warned by other pastors to prepare myself--the need for my presence would mysteriously increase right around the holiday.  I would get "the calls."  And sure enough, beginning two days before Christmas, two broken hips, a nursing home-related family crisis, an accelerated kidney failure.  Those were just the physical emergencies.  For reasons that remain a mystery, Christmastide is a time when, deep within our subconscious--at the place where the body and the spirit intertwine--people prepare to die.

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