Optimism and pessimism are both forms of distorted reality. The Biblical story offers neither. It does not play with our emotions. Rather, it stars darkness right in the face, and says, "You exist, but you will not be exalted. You persist, but you will not persuade." In this final installment of our H5 series, we consider the Christmas story's approach to darkness which is not to ignore it, nor to succumb to it. Rather, it is to see the emerging possibilities through new life being born in the midst of the darkness.