Advent & Christmastide Devotional
Week 1: Joy Day 2

Tue, Dec 26

Invitation – Psalm 98:1-2

Oh sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things! His right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him. The Lord has made known his salvation; he has revealed his right­eousness in the sight of the nations.

Scripture Reading – John 1:1-5, 9-14

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Dwelling

Humble yourself before God. Read again, out loud if possible. Which words or phrases are particularly striking? What do they reveal about God? About us? Respond to God accordingly, resting in Him.

Guided Prayer

  • Praise God for sending the inextinguishable light: his Son Jesus.
  • Find joy in being God’s children.

Confessional Prayer – HC 33 & 34

Jesus Christ, by your incarnation you began a new creation and brought Light into our darkness. You took on our flesh, embodying Truth and Grace, and began redeeming our humanity—paving the way for us to be in relationship with the Father as his children. How can we thank you? What can we give you but our all, in adoring love and worship, as we wait for the day when we will see you face to face! Amen.

Blessing – Luke 2:14

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!