Shadows are always an indicator of something. The Old Testament created a series of shadows that foretold the coming of Jesus and who He would be. The Christmas season is also full of shadows—and these shadows can bring great joy as long as we stay focused on the reality to which the shadows point.
Every generation has a part to play within the community of faith. The pull of the world is strong but, when we truly love God, we will encourage one another not to fall in love with the things of the world but, rather, to fall in love with God who gives us everything we need.