Looking back there are two Christmas Eve sermons that speak to me still ...
"The Message" is from 2006. It follows the text in Luke 2:1-20 through the lens of the Message that travels through time to this night.
"A Heavenly Host" is from 2011. Every year I would host the text anew, expecting a fresh word to emerge from this very familiar story. It was a delight and surprise to notice these three variations on the word 'host' at Christmas.
This year I am grateful to be on the annual pilgrimage to Christmas without the anxious struggle of seeking language to point to the mystery that is, ultimately, beyond words. I thank God for all those preachers who this week are sweating out their Christmas sermons and I hold them in my prayers.