A New Family, Year B, Christmas 1

Year B, First Sunday of Christmas                              Burren Ivy

Isaiah 61:10-62:3

Psalm 148

Galatians 4:4-7

Luke 2:22-40

As I write today I am also formulating my Christmas Eve meditation, as I am sure many of you are as well. The Sunday after Christmas may be hardly on our minds yet…or you may have the day off…or perhaps it is a day of singing Christmas carols and telling stories. If you need another story for this coming Sunday check out the link to Bob Wilhelm’s lectionary story series that you will find below. There will be three beautiful stories at that link – one for each lectionary year – that echo the stories of the Holy Family we hear on the Sunday’s after Christmas and before Epiphany.

Below is my Christmas greeting to you. I did not grow up with this hymn but discovered it in divinity school through the music of Ana Hernandez. Every Advent I return to it. Richard Wilbur’s poetic text speaks of the simplicity and complexity of the entire gospel message we proclaim throughout the year. I hope and pray that the layers of its meaning will inspire and bless you through the next two days and coming weeks of Christmas. 

Blessings on your story journey,

Jane Anne

A Stable-Lamp is Lighted

A stable-lamp is lighted

Whose glow shall wake the sky;

The stars shall bend their voices,

And every stone shall cry.

And every stone shall cry,

And straw like gold shall shine;

A barn shall harbor heaven,

A stall become a shrine.

 

This child through David’s city

Shall ride in triumph by;

The palm shall strew its branches,

And every stone shall cry.

And every stone shall cry,

Though heavy, dull, and dumb,

And lie within the roadway

To pave His kingdom come.

 

Yet He shall be forsaken,

And yielded up to die;

The sky shall groan and darken,

And every stone shall cry.

And every stone shall cry

For stony hearts of men:

God’s blood upon the spearhead,

God’s love refused again.

 

But now, as at the ending,

The low is lifted high;

The stars shall bend their voices,

And every stone shall cry.

And every stone shall cry

In praises of the child

By whose descent among us

The worlds are reconciled.

~~Richard Wilbur~~

http://www.scripturestudies.com/vol11/k10/post.html

 Stories

You will find the wonder-filled Pueblo story of the Moon Mother told by storyteller, Bob Wilhelm at http://www.sacredstorytelling.org/parables-today/cycle-b-2012/sunday-in-octave-of-christm.html#previous-photo  Check out his stories, “The Secret of the Heart” and “Holy Innocents” from Lectionary cycles C and A as well.


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