Christmas - Joy - Day 15

Opening Prayer: 

Heavenly Father, allow me to clear my mind and focus upon your word.  Help me to free myself from all the distractions this time of the year can sometimes bring. Allow me to find the true meaning of your word as you intended. Fill me with your peace as I come to you in this moment. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 Read: Matthew 2:1-11, NIV

1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews?”” We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

3 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. 5 “In Bethlehem in Judea, “they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:

6 “But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.”

7 Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. 8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”

            9 After they had heard the kind, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.


I used to compete in “ultra-marathons”. Ultras are anything longer than a traditional marathon, and off-road; usually 30 miles on up. The training schedule consisted of at least 4-6 months of daily training. So, I would register as early as possible, get out my calendar, and place a big star on the day of the race. I would cross off each day that passed during my training journey to the “big day”. I knew the day was coming when I would reach the end of my training schedule, getting ever closer to the day the star was on. Five days before the race, I would stop my intense training regimen with physical and psychological anticipation of race day. Making the last leg to the starting point of the race was when the long, challenging training journey would end, and I knew that what I had been chasing for so long was before me. The day and the place were both a time of great joy and peace!



As Christmas day approaches, allow yourself to be filled with joy that our Savior was delivered as a sacrifice for all the world so that all the world would be and could be saved. Maybe you’ve been long anticipating this day to come to him in thanksgiving. Again, fill yourself with joy and happiness knowing your God loves you and came for you!


Closing Prayer: 

Heavenly Father, forgive me for the times that I look past the true gift you gave over 2000 years ago. I thank you and praise you for the gift you gave; one that still gives joy for a better day, a better life, a better eternity. Thank you, God, for giving us King Jesus! It’s in his glorious and beautiful name I pray, Amen. 

Today’s Family Christmas Calendar Activity: Read Matthew 2:1-11 at breakfast or dinner.

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Terry Schneider