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Matthew 1:18-25; Matthew 2:1-12; Luke 1:26-38; Luke 2:1-20.
God is with us (Word count: 250)
Matthew 1:20 (NIV) An angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
As I read the words of the Christmas story my heart rejoices in the birth of Jesus. His name also means Immanuel; God is with us. Did Mary sense that God was with her as she told Joseph that she was pregnant?
Joseph knew that Mary being pregnant was a reason to annul their engagement. It was also something that Mary could have been stoned to death for under the Jewish law of this ancient time. This child was not his.
This carpenter decided to quietly end their engagement. He didn’t want to bring any harm or hurt onto this young woman whom he must have loved greatly.
God must have seen in Joseph a man who was honorable, just and fair. Had God not chosen Joseph to raise this child and to teach those things that only a father can?
God was with Joseph and sent an angel to him in a dream. This reassured him that this was the Messiah that Mary was carrying. He faced the public shame standing beside Mary knowing that God was with them.
Father, these words remind me that God is with me as well. That is why You sent Your son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Good News (word count 249)
Luke 2:6 -11
..She gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
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 of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ he Lord.
Today we find Joseph walking beside the donkey which carries a very pregnant Mary. They are traveling to Bethlehem. When they arrived all of the inns are full. “No room,” was the cry of the innkeepers.
Finally space was found in a stable and it was in this lowly place that the King of Kings was born. Mary gently wrapped the baby in swaddling clothes and placed the sleeping child in the manger.
On this holy night the angels watched in wonder. At His birth they burst into song. Shepherds on the hilltop cowered in awe as a bright light shone down upon them. The angels of God proclaimed to them the Good News. A savior had been born.
Father, this season is a time when we remember the Good News of Your birth. May I always make room in my heart for You.
Day 1 found here