CSR Daily Devotion

Happy Birthday Jesus Christ! And for the rest of us, Merry Christmas! The joy and wonder of this day is amazing. As I type this late after midnight, by daughter is fighting sleep, lying on a comfy new rug in front of our tree. She helped me set up our son’s present from Santa. We do not do a big present drop from Santa. I am not even sure our 4-year-old even thinks Santa’s real. We don’t talk about Santa like we did with our oldest. I did not even like pulling that lie on her. What kind of parents lie to their kids for five to six years (some even later) just to tell them when they figure it out that it was just for the “magic” of Christmas?! In our house, we don’t celebrate magic on Christmas, we celebrate miracles. Because that’s what Christmas is all about, the miracle of Jesus, and the celebration of His birth.

Which brings us to my two favorite Christmas songs. This first song I am sharing is where I stand in my life right now. Don’t give me gifts. Don’t send me cards. Just give me Jesus. That’s all I want for Christmas. Jesus’ glorious return. And Danny Gokey puts this request into a lyrical masterpiece that has been a constant repeat on our speakers every Christmas season.

And last, I present to you Sidewalk Prophets greatest contribution to Christian Christmas music. This catchy, toe-tapping tune begins with what I have referenced in the past as my favorite quote from any holiday movie: Linus’ famous words from “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” This song brilliantly points out what this day is truly about my friends. So spend some time in prayer and praise today. Turn up the Christmas music and dance around the house. Today we celebrate the birth of the baby who changed the world.

December 25-Christmas Day

8And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  9An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.  10But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid.  I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.  11Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.  12This will be a sign to you:  You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14“Glory to God in the highest heaven,

and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”   (Luke 2:8-14)

“That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”-Linus, A Charlie Brown Christmas.

As I mentioned yesterday, these verses, this story from Luke, just holds so much more clarity and purpose.  “A Savior has been born to you.”  Over the last twelve months, you have seen this Savior preach a life changing Gospel and influence nine men to write the stories and letters of the New Testament.  From a sweet babe in a manger to a conqueror on His white steed, today we celebrate the birth of our Christ, Jesus, the Savior of 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!

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