Sermon Introduction –
Christmas is a busy time of year! It feels like there is always more to do: hanging up lights, decorating, buying presents. But God calls us to slow down and to listen. Be still and be with God.
Introduction to this week’s readings –
Stir up your power, and come! The psalmist’s plea in Psalm 80:2 has become familiar to us in the Advent prayers. Isaiah wants God to rip the heavens open. Both cry out for an apparently distant, angry God to show up, to save, to restore. When we hear Jesus describing the coming of the Son of Man with stars falling from heaven, it can sound dire and horrible, not like anything we would ever hope for. But when we really look at the suffering of people God loves, we can share the hope that God would tear open the heavens and come.