Advent: A Calendar of Devotions 12/25/2019

Dear Friends,

Thank you for joining my on this Advent journey. I am a day late in writing my final entry for Advent 2019. My excuse, if I may…I was up extremely late Christmas Eve, actually arriving home Christmas morning at about 1am after attending a beautiful Christmas Eve service. I had volunteered to work Christmas Day for a coworker, so he could enjoy the day with his family and son. I slept so peaceful, when I awoke I realized I had overslept!

I set my alarm the same as I always do but forgot it was my regular day off and the preset alarm is only for the days I work! I called in a panic and said I would be there as quickly as possible, I made it and was only 3 minutes late!

Thank you God for safe travels and living close to work. My day was relatively quiet except close to the end of my shift we had an incident that required attention and I ended up staying over for a couple of hours.

Christmas Day

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

John 1:1-14

β€œIn the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.”

Christ has been born, we celebrate his birth and with this knowledge we know life will never be the same. A great reminder that with each new day comes new opportunities to be the feet and hands of Jesus to those we meet. The manner in which God chose to have Jesus enter the world shows us the character and kingdom He has established. He could have chosen to enter the world as a mighty warrior king but instead, he chose to be born to loving and committed parents. The were not rich, rather quite poor in terms of wealth and society status. Mary and Joseph, believed and trusted God. They were faithful servants, not because it was easy but because it was the right thing to do to honor God.

No matter how or if you celebrated Christmas, I am here to tell you that you are loved, you are worthy and you matter. Start each new day knowing you will never be the person you were the day before, we are all changing each day and have the opportunity to do great things. The greatest thing we can do is be true to who we are, true to our creator and have a thankful heart for all that we have. Counting our blessings is far more rewarding than comparing ourselves to others and what they have.

I have thoroughly enjoyed sharing this season of Advent with each of you and do appreciate the β€œlikes” and β€œcomments.” Thank you β™₯οΈπŸ™πŸ»πŸŽ„πŸŒŸ

White Christmas is one of my favorite movies.

On this day after Christmas, step into the light, the light of Jesus and you will never be alone in the dark.

β€œBut you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” ~1 Peter 2:9

β€œFor it is the God who said, β€œLet light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” ~2 Corinthians 4:6

β€œAgain Jesus spoke to them, saying, β€œI am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” ~John 8:12

Prayer:

Thank you, Lord, for the gift of Emmanuel. May the light shining from the manger shine brightly in me. Let today be a new day in which I step out of the darkness of my own life and into the light of your grace. ~Amen.

~Hope-Peace-Joy-Love-Christ~

References:

https://www.biblegateway.com/

Count Your Blessings

https://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/From-Darkness-To-Light

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