Christmas Devotional Series
On the night when Christ was born, a group of shepherds watched over their flocks in the fields near Bethlehem. Scripture tells us that, suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared. In the midst of his radiant glory, the shepherds were terrified. With words of reassurance, the angel brought good news of great joy: the Savior – the Messiah, the Lord – had been born in Bethlehem!
This unlikely audience for such a heavenly announcement then saw the skies filled with angels, each one praising God, saying:
“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”
This Advent season, we turn our eyes toward Bethlehem and sing familiar hymns of Christmas praise. Some of us dwell in relative safety and plenty. Others persevere amid wars and rumors of wars. Still others keep the faith in the face of persecution from states, neighbors, even family members. Despite our differing circumstances, the worldwide Body of Christ joins in heart and spirit to celebrate the Incarnation of Emmanuel, our God who is with us – who will never leave us nor forsake us.
This year, we have again invited several leaders from around the world to offer a meditation on Scripture and to share about their own local celebratory customs. We hope that these Christmas devotionals and stories will encourage you as we celebrate the Lord’s first coming and anticipate his next.
Photo: “Nativity” (1997) by Joseph Mulamba-Mandangi (Art & Theology)