Advent Devotional: Saturday, December 24

Tommy Valentine

Fourth Week of Advent: Love
Saturday, December 24, 2011

. . . and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son.  She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.  Luke 2:7 NIV

The  waiting is over.  Children can hardly be still enough to go to bed, anxious to see the gifts that will be left under the tree.  Last minute gift buying, mailing of Christmas cards, wrapping of presents, the preparing of meals, all this and more fill this day with activities.  But tonight it all comes to a close.  Even in reading the Christmas story, you sense that this night brings a close to the waiting.

Christmas eve is filled with wonder.  You can almost sense it in the air.  But maybe the wonder is not so much that the wait is over.  Perhaps the wonder is that God could love you and me so much that he would leave the glories of heaven and come and dwell among us – “God with us!”

So today and tonight, as you put the final touches on this Advent season, remember the waiting is over – God loves you!

Prayer:  God, this night I remember and celebrate the birth of your son, Jesus Christ.  Place in me the sweet reminder of your unfailing love.  May that love guide me and sustain me in the days ahead.  Amen.