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By Lynn Donovan
Special to Valley News 

Christmas welcomes devotion

 

Last updated 12/20/2018 at 11:33pm



In the quiet before the early light of Christmas traditions, my child, rise and sit alone with me. Press into my heart and travel with me through the ages, back to a tiny town in the Judean desert.

This village, Bethlehem, shelters a teenaged, soon-to-be mother, struggling in labor throughout the night. Allow your heart to perceive the paddock of bleating sheep and goats, shivering in the cold as they huddle about the tiny family. Feel the course, dry straw where Mary, the mother of God, rests as she pushes through her pain, hour-by-hour.

Breathe in the earthy smells of the animals, the f...



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