One of the joys of Christmas is the experience of community.  Families separated by distance travel to be together.  They share a common table, a common meal.  No one wants to be alone for Christmas.  Years ago, Sandy and I were asked to take a pregnant teen into our home during the Christmas holidays.  She couldn’t stay home because her mother was angry with her.  At the same time her mother was carrying a baby of her own.  The young girl had a boyfriend and the relationship was on and off again more than once.  One night Sandy and I fell asleep to the sounds of her sobbing as she wondered what her future and the future of her baby would be.   But on Christmas day, we shared a common meal around a family table.  Not our family, but it was the table of Christ.  All of these circumstances brought home to us what Jesus had done on our behalf.  It gave the story of Jesus’ birth texture we had not seen and emotion we had never experienced.  It also reminded us that Jesus came to save, and as his people, we needed to constantly be opening our lives to community with others.  With whom will you share your table this Christmas?

1 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;
from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.

2 The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him—
the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and of power,
the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD –

3 and he will delight in the fear of the LORD.
He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes,
or decide by what he hears with his ears;

4 but with righteousness he will judge the needy,
with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth.
He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth;
with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.

5 Righteousness will be his belt
and faithfulness the sash around his waist.

6 The wolf will live with the lamb,
the leopard will lie down with the goat,
the calf and the lion and the yearling together;
and a little child will lead them.

7 The cow will feed with the bear,
their young will lie down together,
and the lion will eat straw like the ox.

8 The infant will play near the hole of the cobra,
and the young child put his hand into the viper’s nest.

9 They will neither harm nor destroy
on all my holy mountain,
for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD
as the waters cover the sea.

10 In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his place of rest will be glorious. Isaiah 11

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Sandy on January 8, 2017 at 2:52 am

    “we needed to constantly be opening our lives to community with others. ”
    I wish I were so much better at this :-(!


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