We made it! Sometimes our preparations for Christmas is a counter message to the true Gospel. The Gospel proclaims we come to God broken, sinful, and far from perfect, but God transforms our brokenness through the finished work of His Son.
Take a deep breath and rest in God’s mercy and grace tonight. Jesus is the author and perfecter of our faith. Remind yourself the true meaning of the season isn’t to perform, but to accept God’s gracious gift in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Luke 2:1-7 NLT
At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. (This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.) All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census. And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. He took with him Mary, to whom he was engaged, who was now expecting a child. And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.
God, thank you for this holy night that shines with the brightness of your Son, the light of the world. All our faith rests on you. We thank you tonight for the gift of your son. Help us share the faith we have in you with the lost world around us. Amen.
Take some time (maybe 5-10 minutes) as a family to pray for others. If you don’t have anyone who comes to mind, visit the WayFM Prayer Wall and pray for others in need. In a season focused on God’s love, let us as God’s people show love by praying for one another.