Isaiah 61:1-4; 8-11

Just look what happens when someone is Spirit-filled!  We are called to recognize and receive God’s compassionate spirit in our lives.  There are many messages this season about what the “Christmas spirit” is (hint: It’s often yours for only 3 easy payments of $29.95, or on an attractive no money down 2 year lease), but God’s intentions for the world and for wholeness seem never to change.  Like a trusted recipe from great Grandma, God’s ingredients stay the same.