For December 25, 2001

Tuesday, December 25, 2001

Luke 2:8-14

Christmas Day! This is the day that our children anticipate all year long. They anticipate opening presents under the tree. And we all anticipate time spent together over a delicious Christmas dinner with family and good friends. We are full of joy and in our home we even sing Christmas carols around the piano in a traditional celebration.

All of this is a celebration for the birth of our Savior over 2000 years ago, a savior sent to bring peace on earth and good will toward men. And how fortunate we are that we have a heavenly father who knew to send us exactly what we needed, a savior. But imagine what the shepherds must have felt when they received the message of Christ's birth, probably fear of the mighty angel and the power of God's message; but the feeling of overflowing joy and thankfulness also. This is why we celebrate. The Messiah had come. But little did the shepherds know how important the Savior would be to mankind. Christ was sent by God to take away all the sins of the world.

Prayer: Dear Lord, we are most thankful for all the blessings you have bestowed on us. But let us be ever mindful of your most precious gift to us, the gift of your son. Amen.

Ben and Ann Coker