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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Sunday, December 25, 2016
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Today’s scripture reading:
What a birth announcement! The shepherds were terrified, but their fear turned to joy as the angels announced Messiah’s birth. First the shepherds ran to see the baby, then they spread the word. Jesus is your Messiah, your Savior. Do you look forward to meeting him in prayer and in his Word each day? Have you discovered a Lord so wonderful that you can’t help sharing your joy with your friends? (NLT)
Luke 2:8-16 – That night some shepherds were in the fields outside the village, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terribly frightened, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afriad!” he said. “I bring you good news of great joy for everyone! The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born tonight in Bethlehem, the city of David! And this is how you will recognize him: You will find a baby lying in a manger, wrapped snugly in strips of cloth!”
Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God: “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to all whom God favors.”
When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Come on, let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this wonderful thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
They ran to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger.
Jesus said, “Where two or three are gathered in my name, I’m there with them.” –Matthew 18:20 (CEB)
Here is a portion of Joanne Emmons’ (Oklahoma) story:
“As Americans living in Bangladesh, my husband and I longed to be with other Christians for the Christmas celebration. Since we were too far to travel home, we chose to visit London. . . .
“. . . As we sang carols and listened to the Christmas story, tears filled our eyes.
“We still longed for our families, but we could feel the presence of God there in that London congregation who were looking after two homesick souls, so far away from all that was familiaar. Afterword, as we walked through St. James Park, we were so moved that we could not speak. Even though we were in London and longing to be in the United States, our thoughts were in Bethlehem. My husband and I realized that it didn’t matter where we were located when we prayed. We were still in God’s care.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Wherever we are, we can celebrate the presence of God and the gift of Jesus Christ.
Prayer: Dear Lord, bless those who show the Christmas spirit to the homesick and befriend the needy. Help us to reflect your love to all. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/