Our 2021 Christmas readings are gathered around the theme of “Good Success.”
This theme is expressed in the Book of Joshua as follows: “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success” (Joshua 1:8, emphasis added). One of the things this Scripture invites us to consider is that the Lord’s view of success and our view of it sometimes differ. His view will always include a look to eternal realities and what matters most. Ours will sometimes focus on the here and now, so much so that spiritual concerns may get pushed to the periphery.
The Christmas season is a great example. How often do we find ourselves getting caught up in the gifts, events, schedules, and worrying about how to get through the season—in a way that distracts us from the true meaning of Christmas and the Lord’s birth on earth? The readings in this program invite you to “meditate on the Book of the Law”—the Word of God. Each reading focuses on some quality or action that shows forth the life the Lord would have us live, or ways in which we can be responsive to His leadership. The hope is that we will, by means of these readings, be able to see more of the Lord’s will for our lives—more of the “success” that He calls “good”—and that we will be inspired to put that will into action this Christmas season and on into the new year.
Each daily email in this program features a scriptural passage from the Christmas story, followed by commentary from New Church theology. Each reading and commentary touch on one part of the divine birth in us. 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. There are twenty-five readings in all, designed to carry you from December 1st through Christmas day.