61:10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,
my whole being shall exult in my God;
for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation,
he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland,
and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
11 For as the earth brings forth its shoots,
and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up,
so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise
to spring up before all the nations.
62:1 For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,
and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest,
until her vindication shines out like the dawn,
and her salvation like a burning torch.
2 The nations shall see your vindication,
and all the kings your glory;
and you shall be called by a new name
that the mouth of the Lord will give.
3 You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord,
and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
- Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
- Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying attention to the deep breath.
- What righteousness has the Lord God caused in you?
- Allow this righteousness to permeate your mind and your body.
- As you focus on this righteousness, let go of anything keeping you from God.
- Allow the righteousness to be come a garment of salvation.
- What righteousness has the Lord God caused in the world?
- How do you help this righteousness shine in the world?
- What part of the world needs to be touched by the Lord God?
- How is God calling you to be a servant to this place?
- Give thanks to God for this time in prayer 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 31, 2017, the First Sunday after Christmas Year B
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(c) 2017 The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD