Celebration (3 December 2018)

Morning Encounter:

Introduction

It’s now December, the Christmas season is upon us! In the next couple of weeks, trees will be purchased and decorated, crazy Christmas light shows will be glowing up and down our streets, the shops full of customers purchasing gifts and travel plans and gatherings finalised. As we embrace the festive season, let’s explore the life of Jesus and deepen our ideas of celebration.

Read:

 But the angel said, “Don’t be afraid! I have good news for you, which will make everyone happy. This very day in King David’s hometown a Saviour was born for you. He is Christ the Lord. You will know who he is, because you will find him dressed in baby clothes and lying on a bed of hay.”

Suddenly many other angels came down from heaven and joined in praising God. They said:

“Praise God in heaven!
Peace on earth to everyone
    who pleases God.” 

(Luke 2.10-14)

Reflect:

After some reassurance for the no doubt frightened shepherds, the birth of Jesus is announced by an angel. This is good, joyful news a time of great celebration! A saviour has been born to the ancient people of Israel. It is good news for the whole world. Jesus enters the world on a note of celebration. The message ends with multitudes of angels in celebration at this news.

Respond:  

What brings joy to you today? Thank God for the good things you are grateful for this day.

Midday Meditation:

It is only in our “hours-off,” only in our moments of permitted festivity, that we find an analogy [to the joys of heaven]. Dance and game are frivolous, unimportant down here; for “down here” is not their natural place. Here, they are a moment’s rest from the life we were placed here to live. But in this world everything is upside down. That which, if it could be prolonged here, would be a truancy, is likest that which in a better country is the End of ends.  Joy is the serious business of Heaven.

(C.S. Lewis)

Evening Reflection:

The kingdom of this world

Is become the kingdom of our Lord

And of His Christ and of His Christ

 And He shall reign for ever and ever

For ever and ever forever and ever

King of kings and Lord of lords

King of kings and Lord of lords

 And Lord of lords

 And He shall reign

And He shall reign forever and ever

King of kings forever and ever

And Lord of lords

Hallelujah, Hallelujah

(From Handel’s Messiah)

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