Advent 2016 Devotional: December 24

God Bless Us, Everyone

Screen Shot 2016-12-10 at 7.21.51 PM.png“But as for me, God will redeem my life. He will snatch me from the power of the grave.” Psalm 49:15

One of our favorite parts of the Christmas season is A Christmas Carol. While one of us prefers George C. Scott ’s version and the other likes Jim Henson’s, the story is a beautiful one of redemption and hope even in the darkest of times.

Ebenezer Scrooge had few, if any, redeeming qualities. He was a miserable old man whose foretold death “brought so much glee and happiness to others.” But in his most despondent moment Scrooge cries out to the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, “ These events can be changed. A life can be made right.”

Isn’t that why we celebrate the birth of Jesus? Isn’t that the crux of Christianity? Jesus came into this messed up world to redeem us, to make our lives right. It is so easy to forget this simple detail in all the pageantry of Christmas.

So when you are overwhelmed this December, remember there is hope for you, as there was for Ebenezer, as there is for all of us. And to quote Scrooge’s nephew, “I believe that Christmas has done me good and will do me good; and I say God bless it!”

Dear God, thank you for sending your Son so that our lives can be redeemed and for reminding us that no matter how bad, all is not lost. 

Trey and Emily Westerburg are members of the Newly/Nearly Married Sunday School Community. Emily is a second grade teacher at Pomeroy Elementary and Trey is a news and sports anchor for SB Nation radio. They love spending time with their dogs, Eddie and Kenzie, singing with the South Main Choir, and acting in South Main Summer Musicals.


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