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Monday, December 16, 2013

Today’s Reading | Zechariah 2:10–11

Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion! For lo, I will come and dwell in your midst, says the Lord. Many nations shall join themselves to the Lord on that day, and shall be my people; and I will dwell in your midst. And you shall know that the Lord of hosts has sent me to you. (NRSV)


Reflection

It starts with a star.
It starts with a tiny nation.
It starts with a country town.
It starts with a stable outside a full inn.
It starts with a humble manger used for feed.
It starts with a newborn baby who cries and fills the
silence.
The baby who dwells in our midst brings
Singing,
Visitors,
Emmanuel.

Can you hear, O Zion?
Can you hear above the clamor
of the animals
of the inn
of the town
of the nation
of the infinite night sky?
Can you know
apart from your rejoicing?


Prayer

Lord, in this season of busyness with church and family and friends and cards and gifts and travel and preparing and singing and rejoicing, we have no time for a quiet moment with you and your presence. Still our hearts; fill our hearts. Make us aware that you are dwelling in our midst. Help us to know the Jesus of the stable, filled with silent hope and expectation. Amen.


Written by Matt Helms, Minister for Children and Families


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