This is one of my favorite holidays and I look forward to it all year long! Yet, it’s so funny but I am going to be completely honest and real here. I attempted over and over to write this Christmas devotional, I had two other devotionals typed and completed and each time right at the end I deleted it.
Ladies, I was struggling and I didn’t know why. I knew the Holy Spirit was stirring something up in me, but I just couldn’t grasp it. Time seemed to be slipping out of my hands and I kept praying and asking Him, “Lord, I can tell you have something, what is it you would like to be shared?”
Once again I found myself sitting here staring at the computer as the little cursor on the screen was blinking waiting for me to start typing. I paused and took a break just God and I, and in that moment of stillness and listening to His voice He spoke four words, “Me, write about Me.”
You see I love Christmas, I love doing things big, and to the extreme! So when I was thinking on how to write this I was overlooking it all and trying to make it big when God stepped in and asked me to write just about Him. This did not need to be big, extravagant or elaborate. And that is exactly what we are going to do today; we are going to take a moment and remember the TRUE meaning of this day!
Now the story I’m about to share, each of you know very well, but let’s take a moment and go back 2,000 years ago and read this together…… So, Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
The birth of Jesus was not flashy. There wasn’t a Christmas tree decorated and filled with gifts underneath, you would not find a home decked out in lights twinkling and dancing all the while music was playing. Jesus’ birth was simple and yet so incredibly powerful! I read a story few days ago and a line in there captured my attention. It said, “Jesus came into the world to change our world forever!
Let’s ponder on that for a moment. A sweet, tiny baby boy born over 2,000 years ago here on earth has changed our lives and because of the great gift God gave us with His son we will never be the same again – in a GREAT way!! This holiday season let’s celebrate and reflect on the true meaning of Christmas, our Savior, Jesus!! We can celebrate with hope in our heart and joy in our soul for Jesus’ birth gave us new life now and forever! No matter what you may be facing this season, remember the Love God has for you! He loves you SO much He has given us His one and only Son!
Heavenly Father, Thank you, thank you for the sweet and perfect gift of our Lord and Savior. We rejoice at the Christmas story and all the glory that we see unfolded in the manger scene. As we prepare for this lovely season of the year and all the joy that it brings, help us not to forget that Christ was born for a purpose. And that as we share our gifts with one another, may we remember the wonderful gift of grace that was sent into the world 2000 years ago. Amen Happy Birthday, Jesus!