Our Christmas readings this year are gathered around the theme of trust, confidence, and strength in the Lord.
This theme appears in the book of Psalms where we read, “Blessed are those whose strength is in You…. They go from strength to strength.” (Psalm 84:5-6)
The qualities of trust, confidence, and strength in the Lord are evident throughout the Christmas story. We see them, for example, in Zacharias and Elizabeth, who were righteous before God, and who walked in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. We see them in Mary’s response to Gabriel when she said, “Let it be to me according to your word;” also in Joseph who was a just man, who did as the angel commanded him, and who took Mary to be his wife. We see them in the shepherds, who went to see the great wonder that had come to pass. We see them in the man Simeon, who waited patiently for the Consolation of Israel, and in Anna the prophetess, who served God with fasting and prayers, and who also spoke of the Lord to all in Jerusalem who sought redemption. And finally, we see these qualities in the wise men, who followed a star with determination, who fell down and worshipped the infant Lord, and who followed divine guidance—refusing to return to evil king Herod, and departing for their own country another way.
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 and commentary touch on some aspect of trust, confidence, or strength in the Lord that is reflected in the Scriptural account. 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 in all, designed to carry you from December 1st through Christmas day, with a reading for the day after, looking forward into the new year.