December 27, 2020

1st Sunday of Christmas, Year B
Deacon Cindy Roehl

How was your Christmas?
Throughout this year’s Christmas season, I’ve noticed more of a Christmas spirit than usual. Maybe more somber, but more Christmas spirit. Perhaps because of what we’ve all gone through this year, we’ve needed the hope and the peace that Christ provides so much more than normal. After all, this has not been a normal year.

Usually there are more conversations over the decorations and the tinsel, the buying of gifts and the parties. But I feel people have wanted more from Christmas this year. There must be more to Christmas than spending and decorations, because this year we’re not able to have the celebrations like we have in the past. The tinsel, the buying, the parties, didn’t happen this year like usual.

Surely, there’s got to be more to Christmas than all of that. Is there more?
Yes, there is much more.

The readings this morning are exuberant. In Isaiah we read, “I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my whole being shall exult in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness…” And a couple lines down we read, “For as the earth brings forth its shoots, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations. For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent.”

We have reason to be joyous!…

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