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Fragments of Christmas
December 3-24, 2023
Stained glass windows are intricate works of art, composed of pieces of glass carefully arranged to form a cohesive and beautiful whole. Each piece on its own is simply a fragment but, together, create a mosaic which tells a story and is illuminated by the beauty of the sun shining through it. This Advent season, we will be reminded that though we may feel like fragments, we are invited to come together and allow the coming of the Son, Jesus Christ, to illuminate us with His transformative hope, joy, peace, and love. As we are pieced together in community, may we allow the story of Christmas and the light that Jesus brings create something beautiful in our world.
Often, the genealogy of Jesus is used to show how He was the answer to covenantal promises made by God throughout Israel’s history, that He literally was the One they had hoped for. But the genealogy also can invite us into having hope ourselves when we see the kinds of people included in the list. Jesus’ family tree is not just filled with names of great heroes like Abraham and David, but people whose stories were one of brokenness and hurt. The story of Tamar is one such story, one of desperate hopelessness and she is carefully included to show that wherever we feel fragmented, we can have hope that there is room in Jesus’ family for us. - Matthew 1:1-17; Genesis 38
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