postheadericon Twelve Days of Christmas - Day 12

"The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things
they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told."
- Luke 2:20

It's finally here! The day that the season of Advent has been preparing us for is here. Today is the day that we celebrate Christ's birth. I feel a bit like a broken record, but it really all did begin in the manger. It all centers on this tiny, little baby. During communion at church tonight, I listened to the piano softly hum out the melody to "Away in a Manger." The thoughts of Jesus as a baby flooded my thoughts.

Away in a manger, no crib for a bed
The little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head
The stars in the sky looked down where He lay
The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay

The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes
But little Lord Jesus, no crying He makes
I love Thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky
And stay by my cradle till morning is nigh

Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask thee to stay
Close by me forever, and love me, I pray
Bless all the dear children in thy tender care
And take us to haven to live with Thee there

After the shepherds saw the greatest gift they could ever be given, they returned to their everyday, walking around, normal lives. But things weren't normal. They praised God and gave all Glory to Him for what they had seen and heard. Can we do the same?

Tomorrow in Christmas, and then the day after that is December 26th. Will we remember to give God the glory in all things? We live in a mess. It's a crazy, messy disaster, this thing called life.�We get sick, we mess up, and sadly, really crappy things even happen sometimes. But in the middle of our chaotic life, a baby came. That baby brought with Him something far greater than anything else. He brought hope. And that hope means something because of the mess. Sometimes it takes a while, but we can cling to the rock that is hope in Christ Jesus.

"We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure."
- Hebrews 6:19a

My prayer for everyone this Christmas is that you know Jesus and that you have found hope in Him. Nothing is impossible with God and because of that, we can pray boldly and hope greatly. And with that, I'm going to call it a day. Thank you all for reading this Advent season. I'm going to take a few days off, but stay tuned to see what I have coming next. And with that... Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

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