Christmas 2017 Devotionals

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Peace in the Moments

Summary: This is the final devotional in our Advent series, Peace Be with Us. Thank you for joining in this experience.

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There’s something nostalgic about Christmas, something reflective, that sets us looking backward to former times, happy memories, what-ifs and remember-whens. Then within days, January snaps our gaze forward: goals and resolutions, a new year and visions of what we hope to be. 

We look wistfully behind and eagerly ahead—and sometimes forget to inhabit the moment we are given to live.

He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. Colossians 1:17 

Jesus, in his life on earth, mastered the art of being present—an art he still practices today. He shows up at a well on a hot day, walks along the water where men are fishing, attends weddings and funerals and eats meals with his friends. He doesn’t seek out “important” moments—he creates them by showing up.

Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written. John 21:25


He is the lord of December and of January—of the first day of vacation and the first day back to work. Of the days we can’t wait for, and the days we can’t get out of bed. He meets us and walks with us in ordinary time. Life with Christ is not something we’ll enjoy only after we retire, or earn when we graduate or reach whatever our next mile marker seems to be. A life with the Prince of Peace is a daily life, full of plain moments as any relationship must be.

So do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” …. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:31, 33


Welcome to 2018. May this be the year we look to Christ in all of our moments.

This is the final devotional in our Advent series, Peace Be with Us. Thank you for joining in this experience.

Peace in the Darkness

Summary: Candles have been lit; carols have been sung. Prayers have been offered and gifts have been exchanged. Christmas, once again, has happened. But is it over?

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With the holiday falling at the end of our calendar, we naturally feel Christmas Eve and Christmas Day as a culmination. Yet Christmas was never meant to be the end. We live in a post-Christmas world, but we must never be “over” Christmas, and the dividing line it puts in history: a starting line and a new beginning.

The birth of Christ marks the beginning of a new life, and a new kind of life. It’s a life where peace is real, deep love is possible, and a fresh season can bring excitement and opportunity and joy—even in cold, dark winter.

The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. John 1:9

I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of. John 10:10

Jesus didn’t come so that we could have a one-day holiday—he came so we could have life. We celebrate his birth, we celebrate what God did for us—and then we honor him by going out and seeking and carrying that true light into his world.

As the world around us begins to take down its lights and return to its patterns and routines, we must choose to not return to life before Christmas. We must bring our light and its accompanying peace into our daily lives and to people who need its glow.

Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket—but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Matthew 5:15

When have you felt close to God this Christmas season? What was going on in those moments? Whether it was a faint glimmer of God’s holy presence or an overwhelming encounter, a candlelight moment or a bright, beaming glow, use those experiences to light your way toward 2018. It’s only the decorations that go away after December.