2016 Advent Devotional

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29

Christmas Day
Sunday, 12/25/2016

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Daily Scripture

In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!”

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

Luke 2:1-20

Reflection
Reflection

Christmas has arrived. Our Advent preparation is complete, and today we celebrate the good news of the birth of Christ. Because Christ has invaded our world and taken on the form of humanity, all that previously seemed inconceivable is now imaginable. Nothing is impossible thanks to the power of Christ. If we accept this good news today, then our lives must be reoriented. Our priorities demand to be changed. Christ must be first in our lives today and always. If we are to bear the mark of his disciples, then we must remember what it means to live in new life with him.

As we celebrate Christmas this year, may we continue to give thanks for the gift of Christ. And as we move on from this season, may we remember that Christ is the only one powerful to save. May we keep our eyes upon Jesus and rejoice that God indeed is with us.

Prayer
Prayer

God, I give you thanks for the gift of your son, Jesus Christ. I praise you for the Word made flesh in a little child. I behold Christ's glory and am bathed in his radiance. May Christ's light continue to shine on me, in me, and through me.

Amen.


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Questions
Questions

  1. How has this Advent season been different for you than in year's past?
  2. How can you remember the gift of Christmas each day?

Family Corner

Daily Scripture
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“Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift.”

2 Corinthians 9:15

Reflection
Do

As a family, before other gifts are unwrapped, unwrap the baby Jesus (parents have pre-wrapped from a nativity and put it under the tree).

Talk about how Jesus is the BEST gift that we receive at Christmas.

Say a prayer together, thanking God for his “indescribable gift.”

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