I cannot help but share the following cartoon which was passed on to me. It is too funny, and yet I am reminded of the claim made by Martin Luther that Christmas is the greatest miracle of all. If we can come to the belief that God lies in the manger in the person of a helpless baby named Jesus, all others fade into insignificance. As the New Year approaches, I invite us to go with those who are wise to stable to kneel before our king. There really are twelve days of Christmas, and the season probably comes to an end with us kneeling before the Lord on Epiphany Day, January 6th. The light of the gospel of Christ has come to all people! May this new year be a true year of our Lord 2013!