As a part of our Advent observances at Grace, we are making use of Concordia Publishing’s Behold the Child materials for worship. Our web devotions through Christmas will be guided by Pastor Kevin Golden’s devotional booklet written in support of the Behold the Child theme (you may purchase a downloadable copy of Pr. Golden’s book by following this link).
To grow in thanksgiving
To be an encourager of others
The Lord gives you good gifts simply because of His nature.—Pr. Golden
When we introduced our Stewardship Theme for 2021 earlier in the year, we talked about how the Christian life is a circle of blessing and thanksgiving. As Pr. Golden has noted, it is in God’s nature to give, but we should not forget that it is our purpose to glorify God. We experience God’s blessing in daily life, and as we respond with thankfulness, we find that the blessings God gives multiply. A gift and thanksgiving simply go together.
Of course, December is a great time to practice thanksgiving because there is plenty of gift-giving! Most of all, it is a fine time to grow in giving thanks to God, who in love has given us the Son, and through the Son made us his children, brothers and sisters who bear his holy name. Let your daily thanksgiving this month prepare you for the great gift of the Child who is on the way.
May you live in Advent hope ~ Pr. Dave Brooks
--Quoted materials are from Behold the Child Daily Devotions #12-4563
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