Merry Christmas Eve Fam. I have been in a celebratory mood this whole week, and I must remind myself that this year has been incredibly hard for millions upon millions. There’s been heartbreaking losses for many close to me, and for many around the world. The first Christmas without a loved one can be incredibly hard. But that is why Christmas is so important. Christmas is the birth of hope, the birth of the promise of eternal life. Christmas is the reason we can celebrate death because of the birth of the true path to salvation and the ability to spend eternity with the ones we care so deeply about. So on this holiday, mourn with those who mourn. But find comfort in knowing that in the morning, the world will celebrate that thrill of hope, that promise of eternity, mercy poured out to humanity in a meek baby child.
Only four songs left to share on my top 25 Christmas songs. Really, all four of these are my absolute favorite Christmas songs, I just have to break them up for the sake of this list. So today, I am sharing Brandon Heath‘s “The Night Before Christmas,” another lyrically brilliant melody that really makes me think about how dark the world was the night before Christmas, how lost humanity was on the eve of the greatest birth in all of history.
My second song is our last one from for King & Country, who have contributed the most to this countdown. This is one of their originals, a “Glorious” sound celebrating the Son of God coming down to live among us.
December 24-Christmas Eve
4So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in clothes and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. (Luke 2:4-7)
I must say, reading these verses above, after spending a year essentially studying the miracle of Jesus and His worship, these words have forever been changed in my heart. So much majesty is so few details. Every devotion we looked at this year has come from the New Testament, the Son’s Testament, Jesus’ Commandments. I pray that for every year forward, you pull out your Bible and read from Luke Chapter 2, the most detailed description of the birth of a baby who changed the world.
Prayer and meditation: There’s no better time to take a moment to pause, soak in the stories of the birth of Jesus, and praise God for bringing the King of Kings to live among us.
Rest, relax and enjoy the holiday!