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Advent Devotional 12/16

To help you through the day, here is our Advent devotional written by the wonderful Christi Matthews!  Many of you probably have not had the opportunity to get to know Christi yet, since she just joined the TCU community at the beginning of October.  Christi serves as our Campus Minister to BSM, the Baptist Student Ministries.  Having served as a campus minister at UTA’s BSM for several years, Christi brings a wealth of experience and a passion for student ministry to her work here at TCU. 

An Advent Devotional, By Christi Matthews


Have you noticed the way we make big life-changing announcements is changing because of social media? It’s fun and convenient to post a pic and get the word out. For example, did you get engaged? You have to post a photo of the ring. Are you having a baby? You have to post a pic of the sonogram.  But, if you were going to announce the most magnificent and joyous thing that had ever happened in the history of the world, how would you do it?  If you were God, how would you announce the birth of His Son to the world?  In Luke 2:8 – 11, we read how God did it. 

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 

In that day, shepherds were poor men who lived out in the fields like social outcasts. Why would God tell unimportant shepherds first and not powerful kings and queens? I think it speaks to God’s heart for us that he sent His Son to save us in even our spiritually weak and poor state. Oh what Joy!

Prayer: As we prepare to celebrate Christmas, may our hearts be filled with great joy.  Help us remember the remarkable gift that you have given us, your son, Jesus and share His love and story with the people around us. Amen.


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