Our Christmas readings this year are gathered around the theme of Savior, salvation, and safety in the Lord .
Christmas is a time when we often focus on the Lord more than at other times of the year. Amidst all the preparations and festivities, we’re invited to reflect on the powerful reality of the Lord’s birth into our world. It is our hope that this set of Christmas readings will assist you in this process.
It is said that the Word of God holds within it countless truths of heaven and earth. Each time we read the Word, we can see something new in it. The “something new” this year is gathered around the theme of the Lord as Savior, also the process of salvation that He lays before us, and safety in Him. There are so many qualities that the Lord exhibits in His Word, and so many things that He does for us each day. Seen through this lens, all kinds of things jump out at us from what we read—ideas about the Lord Himself and how He leads us, things He calls us to consider and do in our lives, and ways in which He raises us up into new experiences of spiritual life.
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 the savior, salvation, or safety in the Lord. Underlining has been used in some of the scriptural quotations to help link them to the theological points. At the end of the readings for each day is a set of reflections together with some questions for consideration. Their purpose is to help tie the readings together and connect them to daily life. There are twenty-six readings in all, designed to carry you from December 1st through Christmas day, with one extra reading for the day after, looking forward into the new year.