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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, December 25, 2019
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
The Jews thought their promised Messiah would be born in royal surroundings. We should not limit God by our expectations. He is at work wherever He is needed in our sin-darkened and dirty world. (NLT)
Luke 2:1-14 – At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. (This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.) All returned to their own towns to register for this census. And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem. In Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. He took with him Mary, his fiancée, who was obviously pregnant by this time.
And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the village inn.
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 afraid!” 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.”
Quoted verse: An angel of the Lord appeared to [the shepherds], and the glory of the Lord shone around them. – Luke 2:9 (NIV)
“Story” – Here is a portion of Wagner Oliveira dos Santos’ (Sao Paulo, Brazil) story for Christmas Day:
“. . . The angel’s descent into the midst of the shepherds reflects the bond we see embodied in the Christ child: the connection between heaven and earth, God and humans. God wants to connect with each of us. Just as God’s presence brought brightness to the shepherds, God wants to brighten the lives of us all. In the midst of the challenges of life, God sends a message of joy through God’s son, Jesus Christ. God loves us; and on this and every Christmas, God offers us lives full of peace.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God wants to connect with me.
Prayer: Thank you, God, for sending us your son, Jesus Christ, to shine his light in our lives and show us the path to salvation. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Prayer Focus: FOR PEACE
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