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Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

"The Mission is Nearby"

December 25, 2003

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There were shepherds living out in the fields nearby. Luke 2:8


While at first unsure, the shepherds would soon realize they were being given great news for the world, “A Savior is born.”

Bill and his family always drove to his Grandma’s house for Christmas Day. She lived in a small town 100 miles away. There, they would eat lunch with the extended family and exchange Christmas gifts.

Today, Bill wanted to change the routine. “Let’s stop by Chuck’s house and give him the manger gift,” he suggested. “I know he’s going to be alone today. I want him to know I’m thinking about him; even more so, that Jesus is thinking about him!”

Bill loaded the family in the car a little earlier than normal. He even loaded a plate with Christmas cookies covered with Christmas-designed plastic wrap to leave for Chuck.

When he arrived, Chuck answered the door. He was really surprised to see Bill. Bill handed Chuck the cookies and the manger, and explained, “I wanted to give you the gift of Jesus for Christmas.”

Chuck was surprised. He’d never had a friend like Bill before. He thanked him for the cookies and the gift.

Bill thought, “This is the best Christmas gift I have ever given anybody!”

The good news about the Savior is to be shared with the world and with the people who live nearby. Be a true Christian friend to somebody who needs Jesus. Let that person know you are thinking about him or her today.

Pray that God will enable you to give somebody the gift of Jesus for Christmas.

Today's Bible Readings: Nehemiah 1-3    Revelation 16

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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