40 Days of Hope – Christmas Vacation

It’s Christmas Eve! This means different things to everyone, but it is sure to include some combination of: travel, family, food, church, presents, food, memories, and food.  All of these can present so much stress that is artificially created.  Whether it be the time-frame, the expense, the waistline, or the family dynamics, we tend to go on overdrive during the next few weeks.

Day 32 – Will you pray that these next few days will be filled with JOY?

“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people.” “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 2:10, 20

I don’t know about you, but it seems that often when the whole family gets together we all revert to the roles we embodied 20 years ago.  Then afterwards I feel as though I missed an opportunity to really cherish that time.  I have found that I must begin by CHOOSING Joy.  The shepherds could have went back to their sheep and slept off their supernatural encounter, instead they chose JOY.  It may not be easy, Heaven certainly knows that the road laid for Jesus was not an easy one, but the opportunity the share and love should not be hindered by some artificial or manufactured stress.  Today, tomorrow, this week, and next year will you pray to find joy?  Pray not just to find it but to live it, and share it.  That’s what the shepherds did.

May this be the most blessed and merriest of Christmases ever!

Re: Verse reading–Luke 13:10-17 (day two)

Author: Aaron Hufty

Aaron Hufty is the Associate Pastor for Worship and Music at FBCSA.

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