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The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. - Luke 2:20 (NIV)

Every Advent season I pray to know the Lord more deeply as I read the Christmas story. This year I was struck by the variety of emotions surrounding that first Christmas. Surprise: Mary asked the angel, “How will this be?” (Luke 1:34) when she was told she would be pregnant...

Today's Prayer
Dear Jesus, Immanuel, thank you for coming to live in the world with us. Thank you for living with us this day and for all eternity. Amen.

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Today's Reading
Luke 2:1-20

Thought for the Day

Jesus is “God with us” at the first Christmas and forever.

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