Christmas - Joy - Day 19

Opening Prayer: 

Father God, thank you for this time to sit down with you and have a conversation. Thank you for loving me in a way that no one else can. Thank you for seeing the worth in me no one else does. As I read your words, I pray they speak to me with your intention. I pray they bring me closer to you today than I was yesterday. I give you thanks and praise for your word. In Jesus’ name I pray.

 Read: Luke 2:8-12, NIV

“8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Reflect: 

For 700 years (the time between Isaiah and the birth of Jesus) the people of Israel had been taught that someone was coming for them; their King. They were anxiously awaiting who Isaiah called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, Immanuel; “God with us.” After years of wandering, disobedience, and restoration, the day had come for the King of Kings to make his entrance into this world. The Jews knew that with the arrival of the Messiah, all their struggles would be over. Any fears, worries, and/or doubts would be removed. Being enslaved and oppressed would last no longer. It was time for “R&R”, not rest and relaxation but redemption and restoration and a time of “great joy for all people.”

Apply: 

Take joy in the fact that you are part of “all people”. The news that was given to the shepherds over 2000 years ago should bring us the same joy that the people of Israel experienced. Be joyful during this Christmas season, and all year around, that you have received the greatest gift of all time, a gift that you need to give away also. Wrap it up however you need to and present it to someone you know needs a special gift this year. Let all people see the joy you have as both a recipient and a giver.

  

Closing Prayer: 

Heavenly Father, I thank you for this time together. I thank you for your son, my Savior. I thank you for loving this world so much that you fulfilled your promise to deliver the one, true King of Kings, the Messiah, Immanuel. I know I sure didn’t and don’t deserve what you gave. I am so, so thankful for the only gift that saves. I pray I will give it as freely and you did. Thank you, God. I love you. It’s in Jesus’ wonderful and Holy name I pray, Amen.

Today’s Family Christmas Calendar Activity: Play charades and act out your favorite Christmas song.

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Terry Schneider