Day 97
Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Scripture
For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given,
    and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  —Isaiah 9:6

Wisdom
All saving ideas are born small. God comes to earth as a child so that we can finally grow up, which means we can stop blaming God for being absent when we ourselves were not present, stop blaming God for the ills of the world as if we had been laboring to cure them, and stop making God responsible for all the thinking and doing we should be undertaking on our own. I’ve said it before and will probably say it many times again: God provides minimum protection, maximum support—support to help us grow up, to stretch our minds and hearts until they are as wide as God’s universe. God doesn’t want us narrow-minded, priggish, and subservient, but joyful and loving as free for one another as God’s love was freely poured out for us at Christmas in that babe in the manger.  —William Sloane Coffin, Credo, 2004

Prayer
Bear a mustard-seed-sized truth within us, so that your good news might burst forth in the mystery of freedom. Amen. —The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster