A Montrose Church Advent Devotional by Pastor Rick
Christmas Day: The Wonders of His Love
Today's reading: Luke 2:1-20
In 1719, Isaac Watts gave the world a song we've chosen to sing mostly at Christmas. It's not really a Christmas song, however. It is a song that tells us the full story of Jesus: who He is, what He does, why He came, and how He saves. Hear these words again, on this glorious day in the Christian calendar, where we celebrate the fact that God is not far away and unconcerned, but up close and personal.
Joy to the world, the Lord is come
Let earth receive her King
Let every heart prepare Him room
And heaven and nature sing
Joy to the earth, the Savior reigns
Let men their songs employ
While fields and floods
Rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy
No more let sin and sorrow grow
Nor thorns infest the ground
He comes to make His blessing flow
Far as the curse is found
He rules the world with truth and grace
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness
And wonders of His love
Merry Christmas, and may the eternal influence of Jesus Christ rock your world one more time, and set you free to live and move and have your being in God.
"And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”
- Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!