Thursday, December 13, 2018
by Barbara Dick
Have you ever noticed how many changes are present in the Christmas story?
Zechariah was changed from an influential priest of Israel to a man who could not speak until the day Jesus was born. (Luke 1:5-24)
Joseph changed his mind about Mary’s surprising pregnancy. (Matthew 1:19-25)
Joseph and Mary probably were not planning to travel out of the town of Nazareth until the decree sent by Caesar Augustus came that everyone should go to their location of ancestry to register. (Luke 2:1-4)
And I imagine Mary had to change those swaddling clothes a few times. (Sorry, no scripture for that!)
The shepherd’s peaceful night was changed when they were filled with awe at experiencing God’s holy messengers. (Luke 2:8-13)
Even the wise men from the East had to change their route returning home because of Herod’s evil plan to destroy his competition, a little baby named, Jesus. (Matthew 2:12)
So as you see, God’s plan for the salvation of the world was riddled with changes.
Our lives also are full of changes, ones that we appreciate and others we don’t. We must be ready and willing to say, “Lord, send me. I am ready for change.”
Dear Lord Almighty, Even though this world and our daily lives are full of changes, we are secure in the knowledge that You never change. Your love endures forever. (Jeremiah 33:11) Amen.
TODAY: Pray for a family you know with no children.