Sing to the Lord a new song because of the marvelous things
God has done. God has vindicated the people. The psalmist
calls the whole earth to make a joyful noise in celebration of
God’s steadfast love and faithfulness.

I have been married to a songwriter for more than twenty-five
years. One quality I honor in him more than any other is
his faithfulness in creating. He never doubts a new song will
come. Each morning, with a cup of coffee and the sun rising in
pale lavender bands, he sits at his baby grand and begins creating
melodies. Even as I write this piece, I can hear waves of
music maybe never heard by another soul in this world as he
composes in a different room.

The psalmist understands that God is coming to set matters
right. God’s ongoing work in creation, in you and me, is joyful.
It opens up new possibilities for others, for communities, and
for ourselves. We embrace these new beginnings, welcoming
them as new revelations of God’s steadfast love.

Every beginning in our lives has an ending. Each ending
marks a new beginning. Always we begin anew with confidence
that we will not be alone. There are countless new melodies
and endless new mornings. We live in faith that God meets
us in all of our futures. Wherever life leads us, God is with us.

We sing a new song in praise of what has happened, what
is happening, and in anticipation of what is yet to come. We
embrace new songs for the transformations we witness in individuals
and communities. We rejoice in each new day that God
has made and the promise of renewal and rebirth that comes
with those days.

God, our Creator and Sustainer, continue to be with us. We live in gratitude for and in reliance on your presence. Help us know that you are the Rock, the core of permanence when all else falls away. Amen.

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Leccionario Semanal
December 25–31, 2017
Resumen de la Escritura

Ecstasy over the Christmas miracle binds these passages together with unrestrained joy over what God has done and over who God is. The God whom these texts celebrate is a God who reigns in strength and whose activity on behalf of humankind is timelessly ancient. As worshipers, we join in rejoicing over the coming of the messenger “who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns’” (Isa. 52:7). We also celebrate “the LORD, for he is coming to judge the earth . . . with righteousness, and . . . equity” (Ps. 98:9). Then a note of immediacy is struck by the focus on what God has done just now, in these “last days,” in which “he has spoken to us by a Son” (Heb. 1:2). The One who was present at Creation, the eternal Word, “became flesh and lived among us” (John 1:14).

Preguntas para la reflexión

• Read Isaiah 52:7-10. Where do you see signs of God’s peace amid the world’s brokenness?
• Read Psalm 98. Where in your life has a new beginning come most startlingly from an ending?
• Read Hebrews 1:1-12. When you next celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion, re ect on how God has brought healing to your life.
• Read Luke 2:22-40. When have you been surprised by an inbreaking of God’s extraordinary love in an ordinary moment?

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