Daily Advent Reflection for Dec. 23

Go, tell it on the mountain,
Over the hills and everywhere
Go, tell it on the mountain,
That Jesus Christ is born

I can’t think of this old African-American spiritual without also thinking of James Baldwin’s classic autobiographical novel of the same name.  Go Tell it on the Mountain is a coming-of-age story that ties together themes of race, family, and Judeo-Christian tradition.  The Church is characterized as both a source of strength/inspiration and oppression/hypocrisy.

Baldwin’s prose beautifully incorporates the language of the King James Bible.  I see it as an example of how one can deeply love a tradition while thinking critically or artfully about it at the same time.  I left the novel thinking that it is no simple thing to proclaim that “Jesus Christ is born.”

What does that proclamation mean to you, in your context?


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One Response to Daily Advent Reflection for Dec. 23

  1. Doris M. Strong says:

    I loved both those sermons, it’s nice to hear parts of them and reflect. Thanks so much Abby and Jane. You two do a great job for us at First Church. Love