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Devotional

Our congregation, pastors, and staff write devotionals to help us experience the seasons of Lent (before Easter) and Advent (before Christmas) more fully. They are posted below with the most recent on top and do not post until the season begins.

December 17 | Morning

Isaiah 12:2
“See, God has come to save me. I will trust in Him and not be afraid. The LORD GOD is my strength and my song; He has given me victory.”

DEVOTION by Zoe Wiebe

Two thousand years ago, we were given the gift that would surpass all others; Jesus. “See, God has come to save me.” God saved us by giving His only son, who would later sacrifice His own life for you and me. If God could offer up His son and Jesus could surrender His life for us, shouldn’t we also make sacrifices for others? One of my favorite stories is “ The Gift of the Magi.” In the story a couple, Della and Jim, each give up their most valued possession in order to get the other a Christmas gift. Della sacrifices her long hair to buy her husband a watch chain, while Jim gives up his watch to buy his wife a set of combs. The author states that they “most unwisely sacrificed for each other the greatest treasures of their house. But in a last word to the wise of these days, let it be said that of all that give gifts these two were the wisest.” This Christmas let’s not focus on what gifts we are receiving but rather what sacrifices we can make for others, because God did it for us first. And in doing so has given us victory.

FAVORITE CHRISTMAS MEMORY:
Christmas time is often seen as the gifting season. We love ripping open our presents in the morning. My favorite Christmas memory is doing secret Santa with my extended family. I spend months attempting to get the perfect gift while trying to figure out which of my family members was my Secret Santa.

FAVORITE CHRISTMAS CAROL:
O Holy Night

ONE LINE FROM THE CAROL YOU LOVE:
“Long lay the world in sin and error pining, till He appeared and the soul felt its worth”

December 17 | Evening

Luke 21:1–3
“He looked up and saw rich people putting their gifts into the treasury; he also saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. He said, “‘Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them.’”

DEVOTION by Ellen Baker

Two small coins. The widow’s mite. What appears to be a tiny monetary gift is the one Jesus points out to His Disciples, the one He wants them to pay attention to. As a widow, this woman had no social status, little opportunity for income. She was likely dependent on family for her most basic needs. This gift was given sacrificially, out of the widow’s faith that God could use it, no matter how small. For offerings aren’t about money, not really. They are about TRUST. This widow trusted that God would provide for her and would use her gift to His Glory, just as we are called to do the same. If you have not yet experienced the joy of giving a consistent weekly or monthly gift to the Lord’s work here at Bel Air Church, make 2018 the year you start. Pray about how He wants you to share what He has given you. Give to Him first, not with what is left over after all the other bills are paid, but first. Trust Him with your two small coins, and watch what He will do.

I have been a member of Bel Air since 1998. My husband, Ken, and I have two grown children, and we are raising our granddaughter, who is now 13. One of my favorite Christmas traditions when our children were little was serving cake for dessert on Christmas Eve, and singing Happy Birthday to Jesus.

FAVORITE CHRISTMAS CAROL:
Angels from the Realms of Glory:

ONE LINE FROM THE CAROL YOU LOVE:
“Angels from the realms of glory, wing your flight o’er all the earth;
Ye who sang creation’s story now proclaim Messiah’s birth.”

 

 

 

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