December 27, 2015

First Sunday of Christmas

Almighty God, you have poured upon us the new light of your incarnate Word: Grant that this light, enkindled in our hearts, may shine forth in our lives; through Jesus  Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

This collect reminds us that the Incarnate Word lives in us and shines through us. The Charles Wesley hymn Love Divine is a prayer that invites that Love to ‘fix in us Thy humble dwelling…[and] enter every trembling heart’. For me that is the Christmas message made real in each of our lives. With the Light of God inside, we can glow with love for all and work to bring peace to the hurt of the world. You can listen to this hymn on YouTube

Starting on January 3 and until Easter I invite you to a time of exploring A-Z Bible words through Spiritual Scrapbooking. This will give you the chance to explore what some ordinary words mean to you when looked at in the light of scripture, prayer, and your own life and theology.

Each week I’ll present a couple of words in my Sunday post. I’ll give you the definition. Sometimes I’ll include the etymology (history) of the word because it can make you look at a common word in a whole new way when you understand the root of it. I’ll include one or 2 Bible verses that use each word, and a prayer for both words. You are invited to take the words, Bible citations, and prayers and consider what they mean to you.
You can make this as simple or as fancy as you want. Next week I’ll have the first couple words and full directions for a successful time of Spiritual Scrapbooking.

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