2 The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who lived in a land of deep darkness —
on them light has shined.
3 You have multiplied the nation,
you have increased its joy;
they rejoice before you
as with joy at the harvest,
as people exult when dividing plunder.
4 For the yoke of their burden,
and the bar across their shoulders,
the rod of their oppressor,
you have broken as on the day of Midian.
5 For all the boots of the tramping warriors
and all the garments rolled in blood
shall be burned as fuel for the fire.
6 For a child has been born for us,
a son given to us;
authority rests upon his shoulders;
and he is named
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 His authority shall grow continually,
and there shall be endless peace
for the throne of David and his kingdom.
He will establish and uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time onward and forevermore.
The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.
- Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
- Sit in silence five to fifteen minutes embracing the great light that shines before you.
- What darkness in you desires to be overcome by the light?
- Allow the light of Christ to warm this desire within you.
- Embrace the light.
- Savor any peace that comes.
- How will you follow the light?
- What is God’s message for you?
- Give thanks to God for this time of new life and for any new insights you have received.
- Share as you feel led in the reply box below.
Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, December 24, 2017, Christmas Eve Year B
Luke 2:1-14 (15-20)
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(c) 2017 The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD