Joy in Christmas

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Scripture: Read Luke 2:8-15 “…Don’t be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. The Savior, yes, the Messiah, the Lord – has been born tonight in Bethlehem…”
Thought: Have you ever asked yourself, where is the joy in Christmas, when I’m running around fighting with crowds and traffic, rushing to buy gifts, wrapping, decorating, baking, and attending Christmas parties? Your level of joy at Christmas is directly related to what you seek. The shepherds and the three kings were seeking Jesus. Christmas for them was an opportunity to seek the new born king and worship the baby wrapped in a manger. This is what we need to be looking for and expecting this Christmas – an experience of adoration, a fresh glimpse at baby Jesus – the Messiah. Your level of joy in Christmas is directly related to where you look. We, are tempted to look for joy in Christmas in all of the wrong places. We think by getting or giving the right gift we will be satisfied. We imagine that being with family, we’ll be joyful. Where will you find joy this Christmas; with gifts, with family, with Jesus?
Action: What are you giving for Christmas this year? Why not consider giving yourself? Give your time to your family. Give your compassion to the hurting. Give your forgiveness to the isolated. And give your heart to Jesus? When you ASK for the right thing, SEEK the right places, and give the right gift; you will have joy in Christmas.
Prayer: Joy to the world, the Lord has come. Lord, I asked for a savior, I seek your joy this Christmas, and I KNOCK on the door to seek forgiveness. Thank you for giving me new birth and reminding me the JOY OF CHRISTMAS is YOU. Your love is the greatest Joy of all the earth and I believe in you for great things. Happy Birthday Jesus!

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