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And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen

Luke 2:20
Luke 2:16-21

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Octave of Christmas,

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New Year,

Fine oriental rugs can be distinguished from machine-made rugs by their curious variations in patterns. In Middle Eastern villages, where each oriental rug is hand-woven by men and boys under the direction of a master-weaver, it often happens that a weaver makes a mistake. But when a mistake is made, instead of pulling the work out to correct the error, the master-weaver finds some way to incorporate the error into the pattern. Experts say that the exceptional beauty of complex design in the rugs often is due to the skill of master-weavers in turning mistakes into works of art.

In the creative plan of God, each of us is in the “process of becoming.” Each of us has the God-given potential to become a uniquely beautiful masterwork of God’s creative art. Moreover, each of us is a co-creator of his or her own life-pattern. We are the weavers, in this sense. We have a hand in the process of completing the pattern — making…

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