8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
All information is at our finger tips. We have no need for memory. But information alone does not transform. As the words of God take root in our souls they gain the power to transform us.
A note about the reading during this series.
The readings for Advent are focused on Scripture that inspires wonder. This includes the birth story, but it includes other great works of God that inspired awe as well.
- Monday: Luke 1:39-45
- Tuesday: Job 5
- Wednesday: Luke 1:46-56
- Thursday: Job 9:1-20
- Friday: Luke 1:57-66
- Saturday: Job 9:21-35
- Sunday: Luke 1:67-80
As you read about God, how he has revealed himself, and his ways, take a few minutes to consider these questions.
- What connects with you or stands out today?
- What does this say about God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) and how do you respond to that?
- How does this relate to all areas of your life–relationships, work, rest, neighborhood, etc?
A significant part of experiencing the wonder of God is slowing down enough to reflect on who He is and what He has done. For prayer during this series, take at least a few minutes to reflect on the Scripture for the day. You could reflect on the whole passage for the day or pick a single line that sticks out to you.
To live life with someone we have to interact with them and spend time together. It is no different with God. As you connect with God remember that others are doing this with you today. It is a way we are the body of Christ together.