I don't much like the days and weeks after Christmas. Christmas takes so long to get here, with preparations and anticipation building from mid-November on. And then, sometime during the day of December 25, it all collapses.
You are about to enjoy a Christmas pageant in your congregation. Congratulations, and be sure to plan accordingly.
Wendy Farley formulates a theology of Wisdom incarnate--unleashed by divine desire, found in ordinary life and born in a manger.
Proper 1: Isaiah 9:2-7 (Psalm 96); Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-14, (15-20). Proper 2: Isaiah 62:6-12 (Psalm 97); Titus 3:4-7; Luke 2:(1-7), 8-20. Proper 3: Isaiah 52:7-10 (Psalm 98); Hebrews 1:1-4, (5-12); John 1:1-14
We have many defenses against hearing the Christmas readings and taking them to heart.
My extended family once had so many males named Frederick that the women in the family assigned each of us a number so the tribe could distinguish between us at family reunions. I became Fred IV. A casual observer might have thought that we considered ourselves royalty, or perhaps a line of renegade popes.
Once Mary said yes to the angel, she signed on for a trip with no way out.