12.20 Advent Devotional

Joy to the World

Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her king;
let every heart prepare him room,
and heaven and nature sing,
and heaven and nature sing,
and heaven, and heaven and nature sing.

Scripture - Psalm 98

1 O sing to the Lord a new song,
    for he has done marvelous things.
His right hand and his holy arm
    have gotten him victory.
2 The Lord has made known his victory;
    he has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations.
3 He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness
    to the house of Israel.
All the ends of the earth have seen
    the victory of our God.

4 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth;
    break forth into joyous song and sing praises.
5 Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre,
    with the lyre and the sound of melody.
6 With trumpets and the sound of the horn
    make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord.

7 Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
    the world and those who live in it.
8 Let the floods clap their hands;
    let the hills sing together for joy
9 at the presence of the Lord, for he is coming
    to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness,
    and the peoples with equity.

Devotion - The Greatest Gift of All

Each year we are reminded that Christmas is not just about giving and receiving presents.  Yet, if we honestly consider the heart of Christmas, it is, indeed, all about gift GIVING at Christmas.  We celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ our savior, the greatest gift ever given, by the greatest gift giver of all, our wonderful God and Father. 

The gospel message is about the greatest gift of all time. God gave us Jesus Christ, his only son, who brings great joy to everyone who receives him.  The purpose of Christmas is to share this gift and what a perfect opportunity to celebrate this day!


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Joy to the World, performed Dan Vig, arranged by David Lantz

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Many of us find that an intentional practice is important as part of our Advent reflections and you may want to consider this one. The Hunger Action Team suggests you set aside one food item or a small amount of money each day to stock the Food Pantry at North Raleigh Ministries. Click here for more information.