December 23

"But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, 'Joseph, descendant of David, do not be afraid...'" - Matthew 1:20 Joseph is hardly mentioned in the Christmas story, but there is much to be gleaned from him. When he heard that Mary, his betrothed, was with … Continue reading December 23

December 22

"Mary treasured all these things in her heart and always thought about them." - Luke 2:19 During this holy night of Jesus' birth, while angels were singing and shepherds were worshipping, the Scripture tells us that Mary "treasured all these things in her heart." I wonder if she knew there could be tough days ahead … Continue reading December 22

December 21

"But you, Bethlehem, David’s country, the runt of the litter— from you will come the leader who will shepherd-rule Israel." - Micah 5:2‭ Jesus was born in a lowly town, Bethlehem, which was prophesied about hundreds of years before. I love how the Message paraphrases this scripture, calling this small town "the runt of the … Continue reading December 21

December 20

"So he called a meeting of the Jewish ruling priests and religious scholars, demanding that they tell him where the promised Messiah was prophesied to be born. “He will be born in Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,” they told him." - Matthew 2:4‭-‬5 This scripture always makes me feel sad and is such a … Continue reading December 20

December 18

First, the shepherds hurried and found the Child - then, after seeing Him, they told everyone what they had seen. (Luke 2:17) What we tell is based on what we see, and what is see is based on what we are looking for. In other words, we're going to talk about what we're looking to … Continue reading December 18