This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger. Luke 2:12 NRSV

Thought

Within the festival your heart seeks the deeper experience of Christmas, a personal encounter with the child in the manger. Sometimes it happens; sometimes it does not. For a while, your joy in the world may seem a remembrance from a life passed away. But Christmas is about new life. In the birth of a perfect child, the vitality of soul and spirit is wrapped in love and hope for the future.

Prayer

God, you came to earth in the perfection of Christ to show us your love. I kneel at the manger in thanks and adoration. Amen.

Assurance

Christmas is wrapped in a child.

Originally published in Beyond the Broken Heart - Daily Devotions for Your Grief Journey,
Abingdon Press 2012