Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well!
Readings for December 20, 2020; Fourth Sunday in Advent –
2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16; Psalm 89:1-5, (19-29); Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38
You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High . . . the Son of God. For no word from God will ever fail.” Luke 1:31-32a, 35b, 37
As I write this devotion, I am anxiously anticipating the arrival of the newest member of our family. My daughter is pretty much ready to give birth to our grandson. Since I am on babysitting duty while my daughter and son-in-law are in the hospital, my phone is fully charged, on the loudest volume, and with me at all times. What an exciting time!
The birth of a child creates such joy and hope, love and unity within a family. In this little one, there is a world of dreams to be fulfilled and potential to developed, love to be given and lessons to be learned. What lies ahead for this little being is full of promise, and oh how parents and grandparents cherish the birth of each child and celebrate them each year of their lives. Their birthdays are celebrations of thanksgiving for the day God blessed the family with this precious human being, no matter how their life unfolds from one year to the next.
In the same way, as we look forward to celebrating Christmas we can give thanks to God for the day he blessed us with the birth of his son, our brother and Saviour. Through Scripture, we can look back on his life – the joyous and the painful moments- and rejoice with him for all that his life has meant to not only his family and those who knew him face to face, but to all of humankind through all generations past, present and yet to come. Yes, Christmas is the birthday of the Son of the Most High. It is the day to celebrate the arrival of our King Eternal, the birth of our Redeemer, the fulfilment of God’s Salvation. Oh what joy! Oh what hope! Oh what love is found in this baby Jesus! Come Lord Jesus! Happy Birthday!
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, Thank-you for the birth of your Son, Jesus, who left Heaven to come down to Earth, to fulfill the plans you had for me, and become my Saviour. I will sing of [your] great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations. I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself. (Psalm 89:1-2) In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN!