And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. (Luke 2:7, Holy Bible, King James Version)
Santas fill the shopping malls, wave from fire trucks in parades, and pop up everywhere from schools to churches. Ho-Ho-Ho resounds from the day after Thanksgiving to midnight on Christmas Eve. Jovial songs resonate with making a list, being good, dreaming of a White Christmas, taking sleigh rides, and laughing in the snow. But, something’s missing. Shoppers are no longer surrounded by sounds of “Away in a Manger,” or “Silent Night,” or “Joy to the World.” Gone are the angels, shepherds, and the baby in a miniature manger.
Sing while you walk from your vehicle or the bus stop into the mall. Hum traditional Christmas carols while you shop as a reminder that Jesus is the reason for the season.
Prayer: Lord, I rejoice in songs about Your birth. It is the reason to celebrate. Amen.
Devotion by Violet Carr Moore