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Great Joy

Luke 2:10-11

10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.

profileChristmas is usually a time of great joy with family and friends.  It is a time for parties and even some days off work (did your boss give you Christmas Day off this year? lol).  Depending on where you live – Christmas can be dark and bleak time whether wise – but for most of us – a white Christmas (w/snow) would bring some measure of joy.

I’m not sure it was Christmas – but it was in the winter one year when a preacher friend of my dad’s got snowed in for several days at our home.  We did puzzles – we had fires in the fireplace – we ate homemade soup and grilled cheese sandwiches – we relaxed and had a great time.  These memories bring great joy to me – along with the many Christmas times spent with my grandmother – dad’s mom.

Whether Christmas is a season of family or not for each of us – whether or not it has good memories or not – it can be a time of great joy because it is a time when we remember the birth of Christ our Savior.  Here’s today’s passage in partial context.  Luke 2:8-15 – 8 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 of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ 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, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” 15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

The angels told the shepherds – “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.”  So who will you bring the message to this year?  Will you tell it once again to your children – to your grandchildren?  Will you remember the story again and once again have great joy and the greatest gift ever given?

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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December 17, 2013 - Posted by | Advent Thought, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Outreach, Personal | , , , , , , , , ,

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