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Those of us who live in the northern hemisphere have come to the shortest days of the year. With the psalmist, we continue to pray for restoration—for ourselves, for those who suffer, for all creation, even for the church. This prayer calls for light in the midst of darkness and...
“O gracious Light, pure brightness of the everliving Father in heaven, O Jesus Christ, holy and blessed! . . .Thou art worthy at all times to be praised by happy voices, . . . and to be glorified through all the worlds.” Amen. (BCP)
We are close to the reality of Jesus, in whom we have invested so much of our life and faith. Jesus is larger than life, shattering all the categories of conventional religious recognition. On the one hand, it is asserted that this is the “Son of David,” in continuity with the old dynasty and the old prom- ises. On the other hand, this is one “from the Holy Spirit,” not at all derived from the human dynasty. This twofold way of speak- ing about Jesus does not re ect vacillation or confusion in the community. Rather, it is an awareness that many things must be said about Jesus, because no single claim says enough.
• Read Isaiah 7:10-16. How and when has God saved you in unexpected ways?
• Read Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19. What grace- lled steps have you taken to bring salvation and restoration to the world?
• Read Romans 1:1-7. The author suggests adding a chair to your feasting table. Whom will you invite to ll it?
• Read Matthew 1:18-25. When has God meddled in your life? What was the outcome?
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