Sunday December 23, 2019 written by Matt Falco

Jeremiah 31:12-13 (NRSV)

They shall come and sing aloud on the height of Zion,

    and they shall be radiant over the goodness of the Lord,

over the grain, the wine, and the oil,

    and over the young of the flock and the herd;

their life shall become like a watered garden,

    and they shall never languish again.

Then shall the young women rejoice in the dance,

    and the young men and the old shall be merry.

I will turn their mourning into joy,

    I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow.

The Christmas Candles

I will light the candle of fellowship this Christmas. I know that the experiences of unity in human relations are more compelling than the concepts, the fears the prejudices, which divide. Despite the tendency to feel my race superior, my nation the greatest nation, my faith the true faith, I must beat down the boundaries of my exclusiveness until my sense of separateness is completely enveloped in a sense of fellowship. There must be free and easy access by all, to all the rich resources accumulated by groups and individuals in years of living and experiencing. I will light the candle of fellowship this Christmas, a candle that must burn all the year long. 

by: Howard Thurmon

from: The Inward Journey, pg 29

PRAYER: Heavenly Light In The Darkness, You entreat us to gather together into borderless, boundless community. Help us to take delight in the dance of our relationships with those whom you have surrounded us. This Christmas, may we share in the abundance of your grace, and radiate to others the warmth and light of your love through our fellowship. We pray in the name of the One who is, who was, and is to come. Amen. 


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