Advent Devotionals: Wednesday, December 17

Alberta  Moynahan

Wednesday, Third Week of Advent: Joy
December 17, 2014

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid.  I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people.”   Luke 2:10

Our endless tasks to celebrate Christmas often takes away our joy.

When I was growing up in Springfield Baptist Church the Christmas program, last Sunday night before Christmas, was very important.  Then Sunday afternoon rehearsals.

I don’t remember much about early programs, but I do remember when I was 13.  Then I got to be an angel!  The church had costumes;  cheese cloth dyed pink and green and blue.  Wings were made from oiled paper and there was a circlet of glitter for the halo.  I chose pink.

Practices were the usual:  “Be still” – “do it this way” – “girls, no giggles” – “boys, stand still”.

Then it was time for the real thing. I can remember starting down the aisle in the dimly-lit church; shepherds quiet and dignified, Mary and Joseph somber and reverent.  I heard my cue for the angels to sing, “Glory, Glory!”

For the first time I knew the joy of the birth of Jesus.  I knew what Glory meant.

Prayer:  Dear God, help me to find a time and place to separate the true story of Christmas from the glitter that surrounds us.  Amen.

*Editor's Note:  The above devotional was written by Alberta for our first Advent Devotional Book (2004).  Alberta died this past year and I thought it fitting to include her devotional in this year’s Advent book.

Evelyn Crooke, Teacher