December 17th

Story

The angel tries to calm the shepherds, saying: “Don’t be afraid. I bring wonderful news that will bring joy to all of the world!”

Activity

Create a playlist using everyone’s favorite Christmas song. Then, crank up the volume, press play, and have a family dance party!

Adult

Israel chose their own path apart from God. As a result, they were exiled from their land and ruled by foreign nations. But the prophet Isaiah knew that sorrow and sadness would not have the final word. He looked forward to the day when Israel’s gracious God would raise up a redeemer to deliver them from oppression and lead them to eternal joy.

Read

Isaiah 51:11, Isaiah 49:13

Isaiah 51:11

11  And the ransomed of the Lord shall return

and come to Zion with singing;

 everlasting joy shall be upon their heads;

they shall obtain gladness and joy,

and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.


Isaiah 49:13

13  Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth;

break forth, O mountains, into singing!

 For the Lord has comforted his people

and will have compassion on his afflicted.



Reflect

  • Identify areas of your life that feel heavy right now.
  • Slowly review today’s passages with your own experiences of loss or sorrow in mind. What thoughts or feelings come up as you reread?
  • Pray for God to comfort you with a renewed view of his eternal joy.