Our Christmas readings this year are gathered around the theme of "humility."
One of the most powerful facets of the Christmas story is its unpretentious simplicity. We know that the God of heaven and earth could have chosen to be born wherever He wanted, and in whatever surroundings He decided. And yet He elected to be born in the most humble of circumstances, surrounded, for the most part, by the common folk of the day. Yes, He was attended by kings from the East, but the fact that He was born in a stable, cared for by a carpenter and his wife, and visited by shepherds, attests to the fact that the things of this world are not most important; rather, this story is about the supremacy of the spirit.
Humility is the quality of spiritual life that most allows the Lord to do what He came on earth to do for us, and that is, to lift us up in spirit and bless us with heavenly states of mind, heart, and life, as He leads us onward toward heaven.
This year’s final reading compares the Word of God to a treasure chest filled with precious jewels. Truly there are many facets of spiritual life that shine forth from the familiar stories of Scripture, and sparkle with meaning for our lives. One of our hopes is that you will discover some of these jewels within this year’s set of readings, particularly as they relate to the theme of humility.
Each daily email in this program features a scriptural passage from the Christmas story followed by readings from the Writings given for the New Church. Each reading touches on one part of the divine birth in us. At the end of the readings for each day is a set of reflections, together with some questions for consideration. There are twenty-six readings, designed to carry you from December 1st through the day after Christmas.