Glory Seed Devotional’s, 2016: Year of the Blessing…
The Christmas Story is God’s Story…
Still through the cloven skies they come
With peaceful wings unfurled,
And still their heavenly music floats
O’er all the weary world;
Above its sad and lowly plains,
They bend on hovering wing,
And ever over its Babel sounds
The blessèd angels sing.
(Verse two “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear”)
The Christmas Story will find its way into the toughest heart, the toughest of situations and begin a transformation in them that will reach into eternity. The power of the Christmas Story not only the story of Jesus’ birth it’s the story of God coming into the world himself.
The Christmas Story is another chapter in God’s Story. The chapter begins by saying, “I am God and I love you enough to come into your life and show you how much I do love and care for you. I have come not to stomp on you as a mighty warrior but in the innocence of baby to you can begin to understand the depth, height, and width of my love for you.”
One of the highlights for me of the Christmas Story is who first heard of the baby’s birth. Shepherds were not only blue-collar workers of their day but they were to lowest of the blue-collar workers. I am a blue-collar worker and in some circles well-meaning people, have made me feel like those low-life shepherds. Yet in my mind when I picture the shepherds silently sitting in the hills that faithful night and suddenly heaven opens up its doors and announces God’s entrance into the world it doesn’t matter whether I’m a low-life factory worker or President of the United States I KNOW GOD LOVES ME!
As the shepherds returned to the hills two things are certain – they would never be the same again – yet they were still shepherds. That’s the Story of Christmas in action for me since it’s made its humble mark on my life I have been transformed yet I still punch a time clock and earn a living for my family not as a low-life factory worker but as God’s Factory Worker!
The Christmas Story is about transforming lives within the sphere of who they are – taking persons lives to a higher/deeper level of spirituality. This year as the occasion arises close your eyes as the songs of Christmas are playing and put yourself into the song and experience the power of the Christmas Story firsthand.
May your focus be on Jesus and may the Holy Spirit nurture and grow the Seeds of Blessing planted in you.
GRACE and PEACE,
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“Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.”