Mosaic of the Nativity (Serbia, Winter 1993): December 10

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Some have seen the depth of evil mankind is capable of inflicting upon one another in person. Some have seen it through the eyes of a loved one, and that is more than enough to understand how broken we are. We have long become accustomed to “wars and rumors of wars” as a part of our daily existence, a relentless drumbeat reminding us day after day of an inescapable truth. We need a Savior. Then we recall the song of heavenly messengers above a Judean town one night long ago:

“Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased.”

READ

  • Luke 2:9-14
  • Watch for the Light, 118-119

REFLECT

  1. When is the first time you remember being struck by the realization that God’s plan to rescue you meant his only Son leaving the glory of heaven to suffer the hurts of the world you live in? How did you react when the weight of God’s great act of love began to sink in?
  2. What do you see in yourself or in the world that makes you long for Christ to return and begin his reign of justice and righteousness?

RESPOND

Have you been wounded by the evil that continues to curse this world? Pray that the Lord would anchor you in the peace of knowing that Christ has come to save you and the certain hope that He is returning soon to make all things new. Are you grieved by the constant news of suffering around the globe? Pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ who are living in places where violence is a daily reality or who have been displaced from their homes because of war or persecution.

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