Enjoy your winter breaks! I pray that Sabbath finds you well and often this break. I know times of travel and family gatherings can be refreshing, but also exhausting. May their be enough rest and relaxation before the next semester starts :-).
If you would like to spend some time this break reflecting on the story of Jesus' birth, here's a few readings:
Matthew 1 & 2
(Mark does not have a birth narrative.)
Luke 1 & 2
John 1:1-14 (an origin story, but not a birth narrative.)
I pray God's hope and happiness, justice and joy, meet you often this break as Advent concludes and Epiphany begins before Lent.
Our last week praying Mary's song:
46 And Mary* said,
‘My soul magnifies the Lord,
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
48 for he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant.
Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
50 His mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
51 He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
52 He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
and lifted up the lowly;
53 he has filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
55 according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.’