Thursday, December 22, 2011

So, this is Christmas: Year B, Christmas Day

This Week's Lectionary Texts:
Isaiah 9:2-7
Psalm 96
Titus 2:11-14
Luke 2:1-14, (15-20)

This Week's Reflection:
I wonder how many people will throw out there Christmas trees Monday morning. All this work, all this preparation, all this waiting and he is finally arriving! The Light of the World is bursting onto the scene once again and too many of us are unwilling to savor the time with the baby.

Nativity by He Qi
The Luke text this week is well known to many of us because of a boy who couldn't give up his blanket. Linus in A Charlie Brown Christmas recites those verses standing in a single shaft of bright light shining down on him standing on the stage. After being treated poorly, after trying to please everyone and create the perfect Christmas program, Linus steps forward into the midst of chaos and stops it all to remind Charlie of the true meaning of Christmas.

Glory to God in the Highest by He Qi

We have waited and watched. We have savored the anticipation. Now, let's go visit that baby and savor this moment as well. The first day of 12 is this Sunday. May we remember to stop in the midst of the chaos and sing with the great company of heavenly host, "Glory to God in the highest heaven and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”