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December 26, 2019, 4:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Day After Christmas 2019


The Day After Christmas

 

Luke 2:19-20

But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

 

Thought for Today

Today life returns to normal. Family head home. Work resumes. The house needs to be cleaned again. All of the anticipation and wonder dissipate. We rarely stop to think that this was the way it was for Mary and Joseph, too. Just a day ago Mary’s much anticipated child was born! All of the drama of finding a place for the birth; angel choirs filling the sky; shepherds with words of peace and hope. It was an amazing day. Now Joseph would have to go back to the innkeeper and fight for a room. Diapers would need to be changed. Food bought and where was the money going to come from to pay for all of this? Sound familiar? What should we do when the anticipation is over, all the presents opened and we are wondering how we are going to pay for all of it? Follow Mary’s example. Treasure up the wonder of the Savior who was born for you. Hold fast to the message of peace on earth. Ponder them in your heart long after the day has passed.

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, I praise You for all of the blessings of Christmas. Help me to hold fast to them and ponder Your love every day. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

God is here. This truth should fill our lives, and every Christmas should be for us a new and special meeting with God, when we allow his light and grace to enter deep into our soul. ― Josemaría Escrivá

 

Quote of the Day

Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won't make it 'white'. ― Bing Crosby

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December 25, 2019, 4:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Christmas Day 2019


Christmas Day

 

Luke 2:13-14

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

 

Thought for Today

Peace is not the first thing I think of on Christmas Day. For me there is a service at church to lead and preach. Everyone is eager to get home and open the presents. Carols will play. Wrapping paper will fly. There will be laughing, hugging, and celebrating. Hope is there. Joy is in abundance. But peace? Not so much. This must have been what it was like for Mary and Joseph that first Christmas. The chaos of a bustling town packed for the census. The struggle to find a place to stay with the contractions getting closer together. The joy of the healthy birth of a first born son. Celebration with the shepherds. Joy was there at the manger. Hope that comes with every new child was present. But peace was nowhere to be found. Where was the peace? Peace is the gift the Christ child comes to bring. The peace of which the angels sing will be found at the cross and celebrated at the empty tomb. Christmas does not bring peace, it anticipates it. Peace is the gift still wrapped in the manger. So don’t worry if you didn’t find peace this Christmas. Hope is the gift Christ brings at Christmas. Peace is the gift we open at Easter.

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, I praise You for the gift of hope, knowing that You came out of love for me. Help me to celebrate with true joy the hope of Christmas. Amen

 

Devotional Quote

Once in our world, a stable had something in it that was bigger than our whole world. — C.S. Lewis

 

Quote of the Day

Peace on earth will come to stay, When we live Christmas every day. ― Helen Steiner Rice

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December 24, 2019, 4:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Christmas Eve 2019


Christmas Eve

 

Luke 2:8-11

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

 

Thought for Today

Martin Luther, in his sermon on Christmas 1530, wrote:

Therefore this is the chief article, which separates us from all the heathen: that you, O man, may not only learn that Christ, born of the virgin, is the Lord and Savior, but also accept the fact that He is your Lord and Savior, that you may be able to boast in your heart: I hear the Word that sounds from heaven and says: This child who is born of the virgin is not only his mothers son. I have more than the mothers estate; He is more mine than Marys, for He was born for me. For the angel said, To you is born the Savior. Then ought you to say, ”Amen, I thank Thee, dear Lord.” (emphasis mine.)

 

It is a marvelous truth that Christ was born at all. It is the greatest truth that Christ as born for me! May you hear the greatest news clearly this Christmas!

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, thank You for coming to earth for me. Let this be the truth that fills my heart this year. Amen. I thank Thee, dear Lord.

 

Devotional Quote

The Son of God became a man to enable me to become a son of God. — C.S. Lewis

 

Quote of the Day

How many observe Christ's birthday! How few, His precepts! ― Benjamin Franklin

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