Wednesday Word 12.26.2018

Luke 2:8-14 New International Version

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

Alleluia! Merry Christmas! All glory and praise to God on high! It isn’t Christmas for me until I hear Linus speaking these words in the spotlight on Charlie Brown’s stage. And, I cry every time. How can this be? We hear these words year after year, but have we become immune to their magnitude? I don’t know if we can even begin to grasp the magnitude.

This year, I want to give a gift to myself and to my Lord. Beginning today and every day, I want to contemplate the magnitude of God’s love for us. I want to keep the depth and breadth of that love in focus. I want to glorify the kind of love that never ends, that never fails. I want to honor the source of that love.

Come with me. Let’s study the words that God has recorded for us so that we might begin to grasp the magnitude of his love. Along the way, we may learn how we fit into his magnificent design. We may learn how we were meant to live as men and women “…on whom his favor rests”…Something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ, Vicki

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