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How did it get so late so soon? That is the question posed by one of America’s most famous Lutherans, the late Theodore S. Geisel, known to his many enthusiasts as Dr. Seuss:

How did it get so late so soon?
It’s night before it’s afternoon.
December is here before it’s June.
My goodness how the time has flewn.
How did it get so late so soon?

How did it get so late so soon? Seuss wrote that question not long before he died, and it may reflect his own sense of things coming to an end.

It is a question about December, the year’s end and the month of the winter solstice, the darkest day of the year.  It is also a question about the season of Advent, the first season of the Christian year – and one that begins, paradoxically, with a meditation on the “last things,” the promised return of the Lord.

But then, right in the middle, things change.

The season that opens with the end of time ends with the beginning of eternity, as we hear the story of the Word becoming flesh in a virgin’s womb, of angels bursting forth from heaven to sing a song of peace.

As Advent gives way to Christmas, we see that darkness and even death will ultimately be conquered by the light and life of Jesus Christ, with whom it is always the dawn of a new day.

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