Parallel Stories

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On this, the Second Sunday after Christmas, we take a look at a literary form of telling different stories that each intertwine with the other, in order that we might have a deeper understanding of what is going on. Sure, Simeon and Anna are not often included in the Christmas saga, but they are none-the-less different parts of the bigger story. Telling a parallel tale helps us make the story applicable and understandable in our own lives. John's Gospel doesn't seem to be at all part of the Christmas Story, but after a second look, it is totally part of Christmas. Our main reading is from both the NIV and the ERV versions of John 1:1-13. We also refer to Isaiah 55:8-9 and Psalm 5:11-12

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