Tuesday, December 25, 2018

"Finish Strong" Devotional ~ Day 29

Day 29 - Tuesday, December 25th, 2018

Not Only Christmas Day

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)

Merry Christmas! Christmas is often a day full of family and friends, food and fun, and of course, gifts! Well, I just want to add my greetings to you this day—this day when “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).

This day comes and goes, as we all know, and our lives pick up again and we go on as always. But when we truly contemplate that God became man and dwelt among us, it’s a truth that should be remembered every day, not just on Christmas. This poem reminds us of this:

Not Only Christmas Day
Lord, this is my prayer
Not only on Christmas Day
But until I see you face to face
May I live my life this way:
Just like the baby Jesus
I ever hope to be,
Resting in your loving arms
Trusting in your sovereignty.
And like the growing Christ child
In wisdom daily learning,
May I ever seek to know you
With my mind and spirit yearning.
Like the Son so faithful
Let me follow in your light,
Meek and bold, humble and strong
Not afraid to face the night.
Nor cowardly to suffer
And stand for truth alone,
Knowing that your kingdom
Awaits my going home.
Not afraid to sacrifice
Though great may be the cost,
Mindful how you rescued me
From broken-hearted loss.
Like my risen Savior 
The babe, the child, the Son, 
May my life forever speak
Of who you are and all you've done.
So while this world rejoices
And celebrates your birth,
I treasure you, the greatest gift
Unequaled in your worth.
I long to hear the same words
That welcomed home your Son,
"Come, good and faithful servant,"
Your Master says, "Well done."
And may heaven welcome others
Who will join with me in praise
Because I lived for Jesus Christ
Not only Christmas Day
~ Mary Fairchild

Today's Challenge:
To every day contemplate the great significance of Jesus coming to earth as my Savior and to live in that reality both in my personal and work life.

Today's Prayer:
Lord, teach me what it means to live daily in the reality of your birth, your death, your resurrection, and your return to heaven to the glory you had before you came. Help me to live for the purpose of bringing you glory and urging others to join me in knowing and praising you

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