Christmas 2014 Devotion – Day 21

Christmas 2014 Devotion – Day 21

December 21st The preparations are already done. Prepare the way for the LORD’s coming! MATTHEW 3:1-3 The glow of Christmas breaches over the horizon…. And if you listen, linger and listen, you can hear the forerunner, John the Baptist: “The King is coming, the Lord is coming.” The herald of . . .

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Christmas 2014 Devotion – Day 20

Christmas 2014 Devotion – Day 20

December 20th When all the miracles begin. He will prepare the people for the coming of the Lord. LUKE 1:17 It’s the time when all the miracles begin. God has been silent for four hundred years. After He spoke to the prophet Malachi, the Old Testament falls mute. It’s been . . .

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Christmas 2014 Devotion – Day 19

Christmas 2014 Devotion – Day 19

December 19th Watching for Him Who is enough. I will climb up to my watchtower and stand at my guard post. There I will wait to see what the Lord says. HABAKKUK 2:1 There are Christmas trees that have no blossoms. There are a thousand ways you can suffer brave. . . .

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Christmas 2014 Devotion – Day 18

Christmas 2014 Devotion – Day 18

December 18th Come to the king I will go in to see the king. ESTHER 4:16 Sometimes you see them huddling under the bridge on the west side. Two or three of them. Their hats pulled wind thin over their ears. They look like hungry prayers, their bare hands held . . .

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Christmas 2014 Devotion – Day 17

Christmas 2014 Devotion – Day 17

December 17th Lifting up the little and small You, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village. MICAH 5:2 O little town of Bethlehem Ephrathah and Scappoose, Oregon, and Wallagrass, Maine, and Americus, Kansas, and the quiet side streets and living rooms of a million small and unlikely places; Kingdom . . .

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Christmas 2014 Devotion – Day 16

Christmas 2014 Devotion – Day 16

December 16th The gift of the storm Go . . . and deliver the message I have given you. JONAH 3:2 Storms track across the radars. Snow falls on cedars somewhere up in the mountains, piles of white weighing down pines. Clouds keep churning out on the ocean and up . . .

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Christmas 2014 Devotion – Day 15

Christmas 2014 Devotion – Day 15

December 15th Adore Him How much longer will you waver, hobbling between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him! 1 KINGS 18:21 All of Advent, in the nave and the sanctuary, in the arching dome of a longing heart, it rises like a winding ribbon of incense: “Come, . . .

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Christmas 2014 Devotion – Day 14

Christmas 2014 Devotion – Day 14

December 14th The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. ISAIAH 9:2 Light the Advent candles. Light them, light them. Trim the wicks. Watch the reflections. Sit in the dark and wait. Wait through the long, black night. Wait through the black that gets in your marrow. . . .

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Christmas 2014 Devotion – Day 13

Christmas 2014 Devotion – Day 13

December 13th People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart. 1 SAMUEL 16:7 Advent reflects. Candles flicker in windows, and you can see flamed light multiplied across dark. You can see your own face reflected in windowpanes, in a world of pain. You can see it, . . .

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Christmas 2014 Devotion – Day 12

Christmas 2014 Devotion – Day 12

December 12th Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. RUTH 1:16 There are Advent moments when you’d like nothing more than to order a Christmas miracle. The one you need when it feels like no one really sees you. No one sees how alone . . .

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