Daily Devotional

December 26, 2019

Remembering the Holiness of Christmas

Matthew 11:28-30
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

Written by: Danielle Morgan

Have you ever felt tired or worn? I’m not referring solely to physical exhaustion, although we’ve all been there, but rather soul exhaustion. It’s a common feeling and for various reasons Christmas seems to heighten these feelings.

We get caught up in the busyness of life and the hustle and bustle of the season, and too often, we’re left feeling tired, worn out, and missing out on the whole point. But what if we were to slow it down? What if we embraced a new rhythm for our lives this year—one that would eliminate the heaviness in our souls and bring us back to holiness?

It starts with Jesus—always Jesus. So often, our relationship with Him becomes an afterthought. We treat it more like something we need to check off our to-do list, rather than a true investment into the most important relationship in the world. And really, there’s nothing wrong with creating habits and trying to build routines but being present in the moment and seeking after the heart of Christ often gets missed.

You see, Jesus is our example for the life we so desperately crave… the life we want, even when we don’t realize we want or need it. So, as we pass Christmas let’s bring it back to Jesus –– let’s remember the reason for our hope and grow expectant in our hearts for the miracle that is Immanuel.

CASV-12.26Thought of the day: What is a regular habit you can create that will allow you to draw closer to Jesus? Remember, He is inviting you in and wants to reveal himself to you.

What distractions in your life do you need to surrender to God as you begin to trust Him with every part of your life? He can work the soul exhaustion out and replace it with His peace.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the gift of Jesus – for God in the flesh. Forgive me for placing anything above you and your presence in my life. Help me to see and experience your love for me this Christmas and replace my exhaustion with your peace. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.


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