As you and your family lead God’s People in the celebration of our Jesus’ birth, may you remember that your sacrifices this season are a fragrant offering to the Lord. You share in Jesus’ anointing as you bring hope, freedom, comfort, and the Good News of Jesus to a world that needs to hear.

1 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,

           because the Lord has anointed me

           to proclaim good news to the poor.

He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,

           to proclaim freedom for the captives

           and release from darkness for the prisoners,[a]

2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor

           and the day of vengeance of our God,

to comfort all who mourn,

3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion—

to bestow on them a crown of beauty

          instead of ashes,

the oil of joy

          instead of mourning,

and a garment of praise

          instead of a spirit of despair.

They will be called oaks of righteousness,

          a planting of the Lord

          for the display of his splendor.”   Isaiah 61