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Devotional for Christmas Day

John 1:14

(The Message)

14 The Word became flesh and blood,

and moved into the neighborhood.

We saw the glory with our own eyes,

the one-of-a-kind glory,

like Father, like Son,

Generous inside and out,

true from start to finish.

“Jimmy!”, she cried. “JIIIMMMMYYYYY!” My little brother pulled a fast one on us all the Christmas of 1990, traveling overnight from Basalt, Colorado to make it to Merrimac, Massachusetts as we gathered for un-stuffing of stockings and the un-wrapping of gifts. Mom’s youngest had made it home, and her squeal of glee made all other expressions of joy, and there were many, pale in comparison.

2000 years ago in first century Palestine God pulled a fast one on all the world when He traveled through eternity to become flesh and blood, move into the neighborhood, and be born in a manger. Am I meeting that divine gift with the squeals of glee and expressions of joy and declarations of gratitude it so richly deserves? Now more than ever, what am I going to do about it?

Written by Bob Richardson, Assistant Pastor