Hiding at Christmas

Even we who know God are very good at hiding from Him. We hide behind our good works or lofty ideals. We hide behind church pews or political systems. We hide behind the gifts we give to the poor, or the prayers we pray for the lost.

We are good at hiding. But thank God, He is better at finding us than we are at hiding from Him.

This is the story of Christmas. He reached down toward us, though we had hidden from Him and run from Him for so long. “God sent us salvation that blessed Christmas morn.”

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This reading is taken from Finding Christ in the Carols, inspired by lyrics from well-known Christmas Carols. Available for only $2.99 this month, this devotional will help you find refreshing moments of devotion and reflection during the busy holiday season.

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A Lifetime of Darkness – A Christmas Devotional

Finding Christ in the CarolsDay follows night follows day. If suddenly the earth stopped mid-sky, or reversed its direction, it would seem the end of the world.

That’s what the shepherds must have thought when their dark and silent night was pierced by an angel who shone like the sun. It is no wonder that his first words to the trembling shepherds were, “Fear not.” He then announced, “Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11).

“Day follows night” was the essence of the message the angel proclaimed. “Spring follows winter.”

The bright and morning star is come, Dayspring, to shine into the darkness … of the soul … of the heart.

There are things we expect. And there are things so unexpected that they cause us to catch our breath or shield our eyes or fall upon our knees. They wake the heart with wonder.

The sky is riven. Angels sing glory to God in the highest.

Light shines down. And after a lifetime of darkness, we see.

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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 this month 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.

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.

What Child is This? – A Christmas Devotional

what child is this

The message that the silent Word pled, He pleads today. To sinners. To Christians. One and the same. To the searching. And the found. So often one and the same.

He pleads for us to find Him, the greatest gift of all.

“What child is this? … This is Christ, the King.”

“The King of kings salvation brings.”

He brings salvation to every heart that embraces this King who was once cradled as a baby. This King “whom shepherds guard and angels sing.”

“What child is this?” the song asks. A worthy question. The world has a right to know. Why the Word, why God, beheld the sky He created through the dim eyes of a newborn, cradled in the embrace of a virgin mother. She held in her arms the greatest mystery the world had never known.

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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.