During these four weeks leading up to Christmas each year, we - the Church- take ourselves on a spiritual Christmas journey. It's the journey that leads us to consider God's wonderful gift to you and me that was given when a baby was born long ago in a stable. And on this journey, we find ourselves walking the same paths as our ancestors, exploring the same scriptures, learning the same lessons.
In this week's sermon, Dr. Tully shares a passage from the Book of Malachi that tells of the coming of 'a messenger' that will 'purify' and 'refine' us in preparation for the Lord, 'as in the days of old and as in former years.' Much like re-visiting these same prophetic scriptures year after year help us take this journey to Bethlehem as in the days of old.