Christmas Devotionals Series
On the night when Christ was born, some shepherds stood watch over their flocks in the fields near David’s town. Luke tells us that, all of a sudden, an angel of the Lord appeared. Overwhelmed by God’s radiant glory, the shepherds cowered in fear. But the angel reassured them with 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 on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
This Advent, as we celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace, we especially remember and pray for our brothers, sisters, and neighbors who endure war and persecution in so many places, including in the Holy Land. May we continue to find the peace that surpasses understanding in Emmanuel, our God who is with us in every circumstance, who has come to defeat sin and death, and who will come again in glory and righteousness.
This year, we have again invited several leaders from around the world to offer a meditation on Scripture and to share about celebratory customs in their home countries. We hope that these Christmas devotionals and stories will encourage you as we celebrate the Lord’s first coming and anticipate his next.
Image: “The Angel Brings Good News to the Shepherds” (1948) by Luke Hua Xiaoxian (Credit: Art & Theology)
Kenya is deeply engaged in political wrangles right now, as politicians get ready for the presidential elections next year (August 2022). Kenyan citizens are suffering from the effects of the coronavirus that has plagued the world. Many more people have fallen into unemployment, and income is a big struggle for many families. Please pray for Kenya to overcome these political and economic challenges.read more
For all of us, Christmas brings hope and a message that unites us. “Do not be afraid” – not because things will magically turn out well, but because our God is with us. Jesus entered into our human situation, and experienced our uncertainty, fear, and despair. Jesus entered our human situation and conquered it beyond the grave, giving us a hope that unites us even as we stand united in suffering.read more