The New Church offers you a set of daily readings for Christmas.
Each daily email in this program features a scriptural passage from the Christmas story, followed by readings touching on some aspect of the passage. 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 one extra reading for the day after, looking forward into the new year.
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.
This year’s Christmas readings are gathered around the birth of genuine, unselfish love in human hearts, minds, and lives. The message of the Lord in the scriptures is clear—at the heart of all human potential is the God-given ability to love. The birth of genuine love—in our lives and in relationships—is actually prefigured in the story of the Lord’s birth on earth. His birth was the birth of divine love into the world; and in a symbolic way it pictures the birth of unselfish love into our own hearts, minds, and lives. Each story or prophecy leading up to His birth, each character we meet in the divine narrative, every word that is spoken and every action that is taken, mirrors a part of our own growth and development, as genuine love, compassion, wisdom, and usefulness are gradually born in us. The story of Christmas is, on a personal level, about the potential for love and genuine humanness being realized in us, as we walk the road toward heaven, cooperating with the Lord in the process we call salvation.
We hope you will enjoy these Christmas readings. The Lord introduced Himself anew to the world by means of His birth on earth. He awakened in people’s minds the fact that there is a “kingdom of God” and a godly way of living that leads there.
Our hope is that these readings, together with worship services and church events available throughout the world, will provide a sense of uplift and spiritual renewal in your life this Christmas season, as you continue on the pathway toward genuine love.