Come and Worship – a Christmas Devotional

come and worship

The shepherds were the first who bid others to “Come and see.” Scriptures says that “they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child” (Luke 2:17).

And ever since then, it has been the sacred and joyful task to share the same message, especially at Christmas.

“O Come, little children.”

“O Come, one and all.”

The gift of a God and a Son. Christ, the Lord, in a manger. Born in a stable, to speak words of truth and grace. Adored by shepherds, to climb a lonely hill beneath a rugged cross. A birth sung by angels. A death watched by those same angels, now hushed, as He cries, “It is finished.”

Come, little children. Come all, to see the One with scars on His hands and feet, in His side, yet risen. Risen.

Come and see. Come and worship.

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This reading is an excerpt of a devotional from Finding Christ in the Carols, a devotional inspired by lyrics from well-known Christmas Carols. Available for only $2.99 on Amazon, Finding Christ in the Carols will help you find moments of personal devotion and reflection during the busy holiday season.

The Glory of God – a Christmas Thought

Finding Christ in the CarolsThe glory of God. It seems a difficult thing to desire, much less imagine, in this workaday world.

But still, it shines. It shines on quiet winter nights and it shines on midsummer mornings. It shines throughout the Christmas season. It can cast a glow within our souls because glory shone when God entered our world. Nothing was the same again.

 

This reading is an excerpt of a devotional from Finding Christ in the Carols, a devotional inspired by lyrics from well-known Christmas Carols. Available for only $2.99 on Amazon, Finding Christ in the Carols will help you find moments of personal devotion and reflection during the busy holiday season.

Redeeming Grace – A Christmas Devotional

Redeeming Grace

An eye for an eye. A tooth for a tooth. Fairness. Justice. Judgment. It was the name of the game, and it makes perfect sense. Even small children have that innate sense of fairness. If little sister gets a chocolate chip cookie, big brother wants a cookie too. It should be fair. If it’s not, someone needs to fix things so that justice will reign once more. In the household of young children, this is when the child will often call, “Mom,” because they need someone to arbitrate, to determine what is fair.

In the “adult world,” we do it too. We see this desire for justice often enough in the hundreds of lawsuits and court cases that rise in every city, town, or district. Justice must be served. We might never end up sitting across the court from someone, but we do it in own minds just as well, don’t we? We assess a situation and render judgment in our own minds. He was wrong. I am right.

Fairness. Justice. Judgment. An eye for an eye.

But who judges those secret thoughts we think? Who listens to every word we speak in anger? Who knows our hearts and souls, our decisions and mistakes, our shortcomings and anger better than we know it ourselves?

God, the righteous and holy one.

With the first act of sin in the Garden of Eden, a rift was cast between humanity and a Holy God who could not abide in the presence of sin.

First, judgment and justice had to be served.

And it was, with the dawn of redeeming grace. With the birth of Jesus, the greatest sacrifice was set in action. The life of a “spotless Lamb” to atone for the sins of humanity.

Redeeming grace. Instead of an eye for an eye, we receive forgiveness. Instead of a tooth for a tooth, we are granted mercy. Instead of an eternity separated from God, we are welcomed into His presence.

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This reading is an excerpt of a devotional from Finding Christ in the Carols, a devotional inspired by lyrics from well-known Christmas Carols. Available for only $2.99 on Amazon, Finding Christ in the Carols will help you find moments of personal devotion and reflection during the busy holiday season.

The Long Winter – A Christmas Prayer

Lord, the winter sometimes seems to last so long. The winter outside my door, yes, and the winter in my heart. Sorrow seeks to overwhelm me. The loss I’ve faced makes me feel as though nothing will ever make me smile again. There is a coldness in my heart that I feel I can’t shake.

Let Your love bring my heart to life again. It might be painful, I know, when a frostbitten heart is warmed by the power of Your light. But I would rather a living, beating heart, even if it feels pain, than a heart of stone.

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This reading is an excerpt of a devotional from Finding Christ in the Carols, a devotional inspired by lyrics from well-known Christmas Carols. Available as an e-book on Amazon, Finding Christ in the Carols will help you find moments of personal devotion and reflection during the busy holiday season.

A Christmas Reminder – Devotional

What is your favorite season? If you are like many others, your choice will not be winter. Most people opt for the other three seasons. The new life of spring. The sun and fun of summer. The brisk feeling of autumn, when leaves transform the landscape from green to hues of red and gold.

But winter? It’s cold. It’s dreary. Christmas seems the only positive thing about it, and once Christmas is over, it’s cold and dreary again.

But it doesn’t have to be.

Cold, yes. Seasons change and winter brings freezing climates, snow in some locations, and a general gray feeling. Before the sun is high in the sky, it is setting again and the temperature is dropping once more. We cannot avoid the physical cold.

But the heart can be warm. Dreariness does not have to settle over us like a pall of gray lasting all season.

Why do people set up Christmas trees in their house at Christmastime? “Because everyone else does.” There is that, but there is another reason. Why are evergreens a traditional symbol of the holidays? In places where winter is the coldest and it lasts the longest, evergreens were a reminder of the new life that was coming, though hidden beneath snow and ice.

We all need those reminders. Of new life. Of hope. Of warmth when ‘tis cold and drear. Next time you look at your Christmas tree, or glimpse an evergreen outside your window, take a moment to remember that the cycle of life always continues. Rebirth and renewal course through the veins after a season of sorrow and even death.

It happens in the world around us, and it can happen inside us. When we stop and consider – not the evergreen tree or the coming of spring, but the birth of a baby boy who brought new life to all people.

Jesus is the greatest promise of undying life, hope eternal, and love that never fades.

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This reading is an excerpt of a devotional from Finding Christ in the Carols, a devotional inspired by lyrics from well-known Christmas Carols. Available as an e-book on Amazon, Finding Christ in the Carols will help you find moments of personal devotion and reflection during the busy holiday season.

The Greatest Gift of All – A Christmas Devotional

The Greatest Gift

Heavenly Father, my life is full of so many words. Sometimes I feel I am bombarded by them. On billboards. On my computer screen. In books and on tablets. In the newspapers and running along the bottom of my TV screen. So many words. So many messages, often conflicting.

But Your Son was not just a word. He is the Word.

And one Christmas, He was willing to be made flesh, so that we on earth could behold His glory. His glory so much more than a Word. His presence, full of grace and truth.

Let the Word of God, let Christ the Lord become real in my heart today, Father.

No matter what gifts come and go this Christmas – or any other Christmas – let me remember the greatest gift of all. When He pleads, let me answer with my heart. And with my life.

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This reading is an excerpt of a devotional from Finding Christ in the Carols, a devotional inspired by lyrics from well-known Christmas Carols. Available as an e-book on Amazon, Finding Christ in the Carols will help you find moments of personal devotion and reflection during the busy holiday season.