For Rev. Douglas Hallman of Zion United Church, Christmas has an added meaning after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Connecticut.
“I think we realize how precious children are and how important they are in our lives,” said Hallman. “When you relate that to Christmas it means that one particular child had a tremendous impact on the world. (He) gave us hope and light and meaning and purpose and direction.
“That was the birth of one child and these too were children of God full of promise. The light of one person we celebrate (at Christmas) hopefully will lighten the darkness of this world.”
He said it’s important to keep in mind the context of the real reason of the season, which is the birth of Jesus Christ the Saviour and Son of God.
“The reason is light in darkness and after something like (Sandy Hook), it just reminds us that light is so, so needed,” said Hallman. “(It’s) a light that says, ‘Do unto others as you have them do unto you.’”
As a way to refocus attention on the true Christmas meaning, he said it is best to take a symbolic approach of everything associated with Christmas.
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