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Advent Devotional – Sunday, December 1, 2019 – A Baby Changes Everything

Scripture: Isaiah 9:6-7

For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given,
    and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace
    there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
    and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
    with justice and righteousness
    from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
    will accomplish this.

My long time girlfriends and I have always met several times each year. We grew up, attended school and experienced life together, the good as well as the bad. One particular Christmas, we met at a centrally located dinner theater, arriving early to exchange gifts and catch up on each other’s lives.

As we shared around the table, the news was upsetting. A husband’s cancer had returned, a daughter, a young mother herself, was in her last days of fighting her terminal illness. A family member of another friend, was falsely accused, arrested, jailed, and then released with all charges dismissed. As I considered sharing about one of my son’s serious health issues, unemployment and marital problems, another friend spoke up. She avoided mentioning her own recent life-changing surgery, but instead, she shared pictures of her beautiful new grandchild. The mood went from somber to celebration. A baby changes everything.

Over 2,000 years ago, during challenging times, God sent a baby, His only begotten son, to save the world. The mood changed then too, to one of joy and hope, just as my friends and I had experienced.

Prayer: Dear God, thank You for the most precious Christmas gift ever given, Your son. Amen.

– Carolyn Lee Purdy – Harrisonburg, VA

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