Advent Reading ~ In His Word ~ 12-18-2020


Advent Reading ~In His Word~December 18, 2020

The angels told the shepherds of the Light; they followed the directions to Bethlehem. The kings, or wise men, found out about the star, they too followed the star. They rejoiced as they followed it to find the newborn King of all Kings, the Savior, the Messiah! They say that the star of Bethlehem was a brighter than the rest star with a longer trail than most. It was literally there to point the way to Jesus.

The star pointed out the Light of the World!

Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you will not have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” John 8:12

I get excited during this week because we get to sing worship songs as Carolers! It is my family’s tradition to go out around our neighborhood on either Christmas Eve or Christmas eve eve, as we call the 23rd and sing songs of the ages spreading joy and comfort to those who are stuck at home. This year it is even more exciting because we know people will really be stuck at home! We will sing songs that say ‘love and joy come to you…’ and “Joy to the world the Light has come!” we will sing of silent night and gather together as we walk along the streets! Some people wondered if we would still be Caroling this year but I realized it is an outdoor thing, it is small group… why not? No matter where you are in the world, if its snowbound or if its hot desert sun you can sing carols, and songs of worship this week! Gather together with your household and share the birth, the life of the Light that has come to give us peace, comfort, joy, hope, encouragement, and the light within us to shine! We do not want to hide our light, but to let it shine for Jesus.

Sure, it may be cold, you may have to bundle up, but why not take a walk this Christmas Eve or some night this week ahead and sing with your family. Start a new tradition, then keep it going! The hearts of your neighbors will be warmed by the songs even if they are a little off key. The best thing about going caroling now days is that we can bring the songs up on our phones and sing along if we are a small group! I like to print some caroling books up and pass them out, it makes it look all caroling like in the movies. Do it your way though, go paperless or go with books! Sing just the songs your kids know or open your family and friends up to new songs. Share the light! Bring along a few candles or lanterns, a flashlight or two so you can bring the light shining in the darkness while you share the Light of the World. Let the people follow the light in you to the Light of the World!

Do all things without [a]complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain. Philippians 2: 14 -16

Shine as a light of the world to those who feel lost this year.

Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.  For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” Luke 2:8-12      

                                                                                          And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:  “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” … in Jesus’ name…