Merry Christmas to all my followers and readers! I hope this Christmas is everything you’ve been waiting for…and that in the midst of gifts, lights, treats, and excitement, you never forget about Jesus. I know it’s so hard when you see presents piled under the tree or cookie plates heaped high…but just as our devotion was this morning, for Christians, Christmas is only an affirmation of everything we believe. We know that when all the presents grow old or break, Jesus is still with us. Here is a prayer for Christmas by Scotty Smith:
Dear Lord Jesus, whether or not you entered our world anywhere close to our December 25th is irrelevant. That you were born—that you actually came from eternity into time and space—not as a metaphor or myth, fable or tale—but as our Savior, that’s what matters.We sing to you on this day with all the humility and felicity we can muster, “Born that man no more may die, born to raise the sons of earth, born to give them second birth.” We praise, bless, and adore you.
Luke took great care to detail the history of your birth; but it’s the quietness of your birth that is noteworthy. Any other king would’ve come with great fanfare and a royal entourage. But you came into our world in utter stillness and profound weakness. “No room in the inn” wasn’t an insult to you; it was your choice, your plan, the way of the gospel.
For you didn’t consider your equality with God something to be protected or hoarded. Rather, you made yourself “nothing,” becoming one of us—tabernacling among as God in the flesh, the Servant of the Lord. And with measureless humility and joy, you died in our place upon the cross.
“Mild he lays his glory by. Veiled in flesh, the Godhead see. Hail, the incarnate Deity, pleased, as man, with men to dwell, Jesus, our Emmanuel! Peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled!” Hallelujah, so many times over.
We long for the Day when every knee will bow and every tongue confess that you are Lord, to the glory of God the Father. It’s going to be a loud and large Day; but on this Christmas Eve, we humble ourselves, in quietness and stillness, gratefulness and peace. Thank you for coming to us, Lord Jesus—thank you for saving us from our sins. So very Amen we pray, in your great and gracious name.
Wishing you all a very merry and blessed Christmas!