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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for December 25, 2019

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WEDNESDAY, December 25                  Christmas Day

Luke 2:11-12 To you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.

There is no news better than this: The fullness of God in Christ Jesus has come to restore all of creation. It’s what every prophecy has pointed toward. We can hardly wait to tear off the wrapping paper and enjoy this gift.

The gift-wrapping is dingy bands of cloth. And the King of Kings is the baby born of an unwed teenage mother and a bewildered young father. This is not the gift the world was expecting, but please believe: This is the best news the world has ever known.

No start is too humble, no vessel too small or imperfect. Because of this, there is always a reason to hope, always cause to expect God is in the midst of the best and the mess. For this unbelievable gift, on this life-changing day, we rejoice.

MOVING FORWARD: Spend at least ten minutes today rejoicing.

PRAY for the Peace of Jerusalem and the People of Bethlehem, False Bay (Southern Africa), and the Federal Ministries (The Episcopal Church)

Today the Church remembers The Nativity of Our Lord: Christmas Day December 25.

Ps 96 | Isaiah 9:2-7 | Titus 2:11-14 | Luke 2:1-14(15-20)

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