|GREETINGS AGAIN and MERRY CHRISTMAS!|
It’s been two decades since I visited the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, Israel. Even so, I vividly remember the experience of a lifetime! Among the many circumstances surrounding Jesus’ miracle birth, one detail that isn’t commonly discussed is the name of the town. Bet (house) and lehem (of bread) are significant details in God’s perfect plan for our redemption.
So, what about bread? Bread is the “staff of life” and a fundamental food in all cultures. It’s fills us up and sustains us with carbohydrates for energy and vitamin B for a healthy central nervous system. Can you think of anything more satisfying than a piece of fresh baked bread right out of the oven? Jesus taught us to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread” During the Last Supper, (Luke 19:22), Jesus held a piece of bread saying, “This is my body, given for you.” In the days Jesus taught around the region of Galilee, He referred to Himself as ‘the bread of life’ and said that when we come to Him, we’ll never go hungry. (John 6:35)
Hungry for what? Are you… –losing sleep? –feeling lonely? –grieving over the loss of a loved one? –dealing with stress over finances? –greatly distressed over the news? –fearful for COVID and the new variants? Jesus, the Bread of Life, is with us to satisfy our “hunger” during this Christmas season. Born in a humble limestone cavern, His immeasurable love gives us the courage and confidence we need to navigate through these incredibly difficult times. Together, let’s ask Him for renewed peace, joy, and love; not only for ourselves but to radiate to others.
Be encouraged today as you listen to this beautiful song from the movie ‘Prince of Egypt’.
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A CHRISTMAS PRAYER by Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) Loving Father, Help us remember the birth of Jesus, that we may share in the song of the angels, the gladness of the shepherds, and the worship of the wise men. Close the door of hate and open the door of love all over the world. Let kindness come with every gift and good desires with every greeting. Deliver us from evil by the blessings that Christ brings and teach us to be merry with a clear heart. May the Christmas morning help us to be happy with Thy children and may the Christmas evening bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts, forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.
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