Daily Christmas Devotion Wednesday, January 1

Wednesday, January 1, 2014 – Psalm 143; Isaiah 62:1-5, 10-12; Revelation 19:11-16 and Matthew 1:18-25

On this the first day of the new year, happy New Years by the way, and the eighth day of Christmas we turn to the Gospel of Matthew to hear this account of our Lord’s birth.

Matthew 1:18-25 – 18Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. 20But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: 23“Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.” 24When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, 25but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus.

When a baby is born, when a new year comes, many are anxious wondering who will the baby become or what will come this year. In our reading from Matthew we hear how this one born to Mary and Joseph is Emmanuel – God with us. This is a good reminder for us on this first day of this year, God is with us and will journey upon the mountain tops of this year and also the deep dark valleys.

Friends God has been with us, God is with us and God will always be with us. Thanks be to God.

Psalm 143 – Lord, hear my prayer,
    listen to my cry for mercy;
in your faithfulness and righteousness
    come to my relief. …

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
    for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
    for to you I entrust my life.

O God, on this day we again remember that Jesus was born and so you lived amongst us, may the Christ show us the ways we should go as we begin this journey with another new year. O God, thank you for this new year that you did not promise us, yet it seems that you are giving us. May we be faithful with the 365 days or to think about it differently the 525,600 minutes it brings. Thanks for your being faithful unto us each second of every year you give us. Amen.

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