Daily Christmas Devotion Saturday, January 4

Saturday, January 4, 2014 – Psalm 146; Joshua 3:14-4:7; Ephesians 5:1-20 and John 9:1-12, 35-38

Joshua 3:14-4:7 – 17While all Israel were crossing over on dry ground, the priests who bore the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan, until the entire nation finished crossing over the Jordan. ….
5Joshua said to them, “Pass on before the ark of the LORD your God into the middle of the Jordan, and each of you take up a stone on his shoulder, one for each of the tribes of the Israelites, 6so that this may be a sign among you. When your children ask in time to come, ‘What do those stones mean to you?’ 7then you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off in front of the ark of the covenant of the LORD. When it crossed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. So these stones shall be to the Israelites a memorial forever.”

These twelve stones became a memorial for the people. Through these twelve stones God’s people were to remember what God had done.

Today is the eleventh day of Christmas, this being Saturday it will be my last daily Christmas devotion for this year. Many have already taken down all their decorations for Christmas. We still have some of ours up. The tree is down but we still have up our many nativities. We’ll often keep one small one out, simply as a reminder of what God did for us in sending His Son.

There are other memorials we have as God’s New Testament people; Holy Communion which we’ll celebrate at Community Presbyterian tomorrow; crosses and our very own lives. In my office I have a nativity, a crucifix (cross with Jesus hanging upon it) and several empty crosses. Each one becomes a memorial of what the Lord has done and the people who gave them to me.

I believe the greatest memorial we have as to what God has done is our very lives. We are to live out what God has done. We are to be living, breathing memorials to all the great things God has done.

In our reading from Ephesians we hear;

Ephesians 5:1-20 – 1Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, 2and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. ….

Live as children of light — 9for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true. 10Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord.

And in Psalm 146 we hear;

Psalm 146 – Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord, O my soul!
I will praise the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praises to my God all my life long.

Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord their God,

May our memorial to the Lord be our very lives and our seeking to praise Him as long as we live.

O God, help each of us be living memorials to Your great acts of mercy and love. Amen.

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