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