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Pondering the Light of Christmas

Luke 2:1-20    Ezekiel 37    Isaiah 60

Once you have read the Christmas Day texts, I invite you to further reflect upon a portion of these scriptures following the “lectio divina” pattern we have been using from time to time. May God work within your soul during this time of quiet listening. Christmas blessings!

“Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.”
—  Isaiah 60:1

“My dwelling place shall be with them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
—  Ezekiel 37:27

“But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.”
— Luke 2:19,20

Listen. Hear God Speaking. Prayerfully read Isaiah 60:1, Ezekiel 37:27, and Luke 2:19,20 three times, each time answering these questions:
What?  (What word or phrase strikes me most in the texts at this moment?)
So What?  (What is going on in my life that is influencing my hearing?)
Now What? (What is God encouraging me to be and do in my circumstance now?)
As this time of listening draws to a close, give yourself over to God in prayer. Allow the prayer of Samuel to guide you: “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening” (1 Samuel 3:9-10).

Share The Word. What spoke to you in these scriptures? How has the glory of the Lord risen upon you this Christmas season? What work of treasuring and/or praise might God be calling you into as a response to the word? Consider sharing with someone today any insights gained . . .

“The sun shall no longer be
your light by day,
nor for brightness shall the moon
give light to you by night;

but the Lord will be your everlasting light,
and your God will be your glory.”
— Isaiah 60:19

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