November 23, 2010

Christmas Devotionals: Day 4 & 5

Christmas devotionals are free to use and to be edited for your own use.

Day 4
Come and Worship

Luke 2:13- 20 NIV (Word count 225)

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men 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. ..
Reflection
High on the hilltop the sheep clustered safely around the shepherds. The night settled softly around them on this holy night. Suddenly heavenly beings appeared and the sky was lit up by their radiance. Strangely, the sheep were not afraid as they bleated softly at the drowsy shepherds. A great host of angels sang to them praising God in the highest.

Rounding up the sleepy sheep, the shepherds made their way down into Bethlehem. They found the stable and quietly approached the manger where the sleeping baby lay. They too went out praising God and telling others of what they had seen and heard this starlit night.

A Prayer
Father, The Christmas story is one that has changed my heart forever. May my heart always worship and praise You.
Day 5
Gifts for a king (word count 205)

Luke 2:19 (NIV)

But Mary kept quiet, treasuring their words and pondering them in her heart.

Matthew 2:1-2 (NIV)

After Jesus' birth, Herod was king of Judea. Wise men from the east followed a star in search of a promised child who was to be the king of the Jews.


Reflection
Mary herself pondered all that had happened to her. She treasured the words of the shepherds as much as the treasures of the Magi. The lowly shepherds honored Jesus with the simple worship and faith. The 3 wise men brought costly gifts of gold, incense and myrrh. All of these were gifts fit for a king.

It is so easy to fall into the trap of comparing ourselves with another. Sometimes we think that we have nothing to offer-no talents, no gifts. Giving of our money, our gifts or of our talents is a good thing but above all, He wants the gift of a heart that honors Him as King.

A Prayer
Father, may we remember that Christmas is not only about giving gifts to those we love but it is giving You the gift of worship from our hearts. The birth of Jesus is a gift that is given to all mankind.

Day 2 & Day 3 (which includes link for day 1)

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