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Arise, shine, for the Light of the World has come! Darkness covers the earth and its people, but the radiance of God's light burns away its shadows, illuminates the smallest corner, and heralds in the start of a new dawn, where hearts no longer fear and souls might be set free. 

“God, where are you?”
- “Under the rubble…”

In Bethlehem, the Lutheran Church decided that its Christmas nativity scene would reflect the reality of children living and being born in Palestine today, placing the symbolic Baby Jesus in a manger of rubble and destruction. Photograph: Nida' Ibrahim