Confession . . .
When I fail to stop . . . to look and listen to what really matters . . . I fail to see the reason of Christmas.
It’s easy for me to be busy and miss letting the “why” of Christmas to once again go soul-deep . . . as, if . . . Christmas is brand new to me.
We’ve had conversations at TableThink about our lives as pastors.
Pastors talk and teach others about Christmas . . . but . . . we don’t always have time to stop long enough to experience it ourselves. The thing is . . . it’s easy for anyone and everyone . . . to miss experiencing the gift of Christmas.
Listen . . .
Think On This . . .
God miraculously shifted the details from the beginning of time to bring about the birth of Christ. Stop and think on the miracle of how people were at the right place and the right time to be a part of the first Christmas.
Think on the challenges and hard details. . . which ended up being used to bring about . . . the first Christmas.
In the end, the challenges are a part of the catalyst of Christmas hope, love, joy and peace. Reserve time to read Luke 2. Focus on the details which came together for good on the first Christmas:
A decree was issued to all the Roman world to take a census . . .
Joseph was required to go to Bethlehem the town of David . . .
Joseph belonged to the house and line of David . . .
Mary, expecting a baby, went with Joseph . . .
The time came for the baby to be born . . .
But there was no guest room available . . .
Specific shepherds lived in nearby fields . . .
The Shepherds were watching their flocks that night . . .
An angel announced the messiah was born . . .
The angel told the Shepherds the details . . .
The angel said the baby was wrapped in cloths in a manager . . .
A group of angels joined the angel and praised God . . .
The Shepherds hurried off and found Mary, Joseph, and the baby . . .
The Shepherds told other people . . .
The people were amazed . . .
Light Four Candles
Today . . .
light the candle symbolizing hope . . .
light the candle symbolizing love . . .
light the candle symbolizing joy . . .
and light the candle symbolizing peace.
Focus on the opportunity to experience peace regardless of what must be navigated in our life.
Think on this . . . Peace is a key piece of the gift
of Christmas . . .
of Immanuel . . .
of God-with-us . . .
the Prince of Peace.
Perspective . . .
“Hope of all hopes, dream of our dreams, a child is born, sweet-breathed; a son is given to us: a living gift. And even now, with tiny features and dewy hair, He is great. The power of leadership, and the weight of authority, will rest on His shoulders. His name? His name we’ll know in many ways— He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Dear Father everlasting, ever-present never-failing, Master of Wholeness, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6, (Voice).
Daily Advent Think On This Podcast And Devotional
- Advent: Sunday, December 1 . . . Hope
- Advent: Monday, December 2 . . . Hope
- Advent: Tuesday, December 3 . . . Hope
- Advent: Wednesday, December 4 . . . Hope
- Advent: Thursday, December 5 . . . Hope
- Advent: Friday, December 6 . . . Hope
- Advent: Saturday, December 7 . . . Hope
- Advent: Sunday, December 8 . . . Love
- Advent: Monday, December 9 . . . Love
- Advent: Tuesday, December 10 . . . Love
- Advent: Wednesday, December 11 . . . Love
- Advent: Thursday, December 12 . . . Love
- Advent: Friday, December 13 . . . Love
- Advent: Saturday, December 14 . . . Love
- Advent: Sunday, December 15 . . . Joy
- Advent: Monday, December 16 . . . Joy
- Advent: Tuesday, December 17 . . . Joy
- Advent: Wednesday, December 18 . . . Joy
- Advent: Thursday, December 19 . . . Joy
- Advent: Friday, December 20 . . . Joy
- Advent: Saturday, December 21 . . . Joy
- Advent: Sunday, December 22 . . . Peace
- Advent . . . Monday, December 23 . . . Peace
- Advent: Tuesday, December 24 . . . Peace
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