Great Plains Daily Devotional for 12/25/2019

Today please be in prayer for

Michael Park
Olathe: Grace UMC
Kansas City District
Kyle Reynolds
Olathe: Grace UMC
Kansas City District
Nanette Roberts
Olathe: Grace UMC
Kansas City District
Cheryl Somers-Ingersol
Olathe: Grace UMC
Kansas City District

Today's Lectionary Text

Matthew 1:18-25

This is how the birth of Jesus Christ took place. When Mary his mother was engaged to Joseph, before they were married, she became pregnant by the Holy Spirit. Joseph her husband was a righteous man. Because he didn’t want to humiliate her, he decided to call off their engagement quietly. As he was thinking about this, an angel from the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because the child she carries was conceived by the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you will call him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” Now all of this took place so that what the Lord had spoken through the prophet would be fulfilled:

Look! A virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son,
        And they will call him, Emmanuel.[a]
(Emmanuel means “God with us.”)

When Joseph woke up, he did just as an angel from God commanded and took Mary as his wife. But he didn’t have sexual relations with her until she gave birth to a son. Joseph called him Jesus.

Today's Devotional

Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. and Mayé are celebrating Christmas with their family in Texas, and their wish for the people of the Great Plains Conference is that its people are able to celebrate this important holiday with their loved ones.

Click the link below to view their short Christmas video for the people of the Kansas and Nebraska.

Watch the video.

Prayer for Reflection

Loving God, we thank you for sharing Jesus with us in the form of a baby. We thank you for such a great gift that shows your love for all of humankind. In Jesus' precious name, Amen.

 

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