Unspeakable Joy Devotional

December 19th

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His Greatest Gift To You. Isaiah 60:1 “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.”

Before you do anything else today, bask in the light of Christ. Whether you are along or with family, read once more the story of Christ’s birth. Luke 2:1-20 “And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria. And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; because he was of the house and lineage of David: to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.” Before you open the first package from under the tree, unwrap anew God’s precious gift. Focus on it afresh.

Remember that God is the giver of all good gifts, and the greatest gift He bestowed upon us is the gift of His son. Read aloud the account of Jesus’ birth then pray, thanking God for His great gift of grace. Sing your favorite carols and worship the Lord.

Begin the day by giving your time to the Lord. Imagine if, on your birthday, no one stopped to wish you well. Let’s not fail to notice the very One whose birth we celebrate today! Don’t get so wrapped up in celebrating you forget the purpose of the party.

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