Our theme for this month: “A New Year, A New Beginning”
Our Bible verse for today: “You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. You show that you are Christ’s letter, delivered by us, not written with ink but with the Spirit of the living God – not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.” 2 Corinthians 3:2-3 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Merry Christmas”
As I write this devotional message for Christmas Day 2019, and since in this series we are currently thinking about the importance of taking care of our valued relationships, I’m thinking about my relationship with you, the readers of these daily devotionals.
I’ve been writing these daily devotionals for nine years now. Six days a week, every week, for nine years. However, I think the bigger deal is that some of you have been reading them six days a week, every week, for nine years. My goodness! It’s one thing for me to write them, after all, doing so is part of my personal devotional time with the Lord and these are all subjects and issues that God has spoken to me about in some way. But to continue to faithfully read what someone else has written, day after day for so long, is a compliment and a blessing to me. It’s a gift for which I am very grateful. Thank you.
From time to time some of you send feedback telling me that a devotional message, or an entire monthly series, spoke to you, and that God used it in some way to help you. Others of you faithfully repost the devotional on your Facebook page each day, thereby increasing the size of the Facebook reader group. That kind of feedback is very encouraging and affirming to me as the writer and I appreciate it more than you know. Again, what a sweet gift. Thank you.
Without readers there’s not much sense in writing, so I appreciate you and I am grateful for you. Over time, writers and readers develop a bond, a special relationship, even if they’ve never actually met each other. I’m deeply grateful for the relationship the Lord has developed between us, and I’m looking forward to the subjects the He is going to lead us to deal with in 2020.
My family and I wish you and yours a blessed Christmas celebration. I encourage you to enjoy your time with each other as you celebrate the birth of our Savior. He is after all, the greatest gift ever.