Spiritual Life Development

25 Days of Christmas

A calendar of our favorite Advent thoughts, quotes, and musings.25-days-of-Christmas-transport

It is said, “You can tell a lot about a person by what is on the refrigerator door.”  So … what’s on the door of your fridge? Kid’s artwork, photos, to–do lists, and calendars. Calendars for our appointments, school activities, holiday events—you name it, we’ve got a calendar for it.

We live such hectic lives that we feel the need to have every moment mapped out, especially during the Christmas season. It may be difficult, amid the gift exchanges, Christmas pageants, holiday baking, schlepping from store to store, and family holiday observances, to answer—Where does God fit in?

Christ can be found in all our daily activities, as well as the special celebrations. As you sing “Silent Night” or shovel snow, watch “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” or your commute to work, God is in it all. It’s a matter of being aware of His presence.

This Christmas, ask the Lord to help you see everything through the eyes of Jesus. The burnt Christmas cookies, the no–hot–water–for–my–shower morning, your child’s runny nose, and the boss’s latest deadline. Christ is in it all.

In case positive thoughts about Christmas are escaping you these days, we’ve provided a full–color pullout that’s ready for posting on your fridge. This December, use the calendar to reflect on God—the Giver of every good and perfect gift!

December Devotional Calendar 2015

Click here to download a pdf of the calendar

Day 1

“Father, reveal who You are.”
—Psalm 23:2 MSG

God, my shepherd!
    I don’t need a thing.
You have bedded me down in lush meadows,
    you find me quiet pools to drink from.
True to your word,
    you let me catch my breath
    and send me in the right direction.

Day 2

“… I bring YOU good news that will cause great joy for all the people.
— Luke 2:10The announcement of Jesus’ birth came first to shepherds on a dark and lonely hillside. They were the forgotten, the uncounted, the untrustworthy. But, to Jesus, they mattered enough to be the first to know and to tell everyone about Him.Today in the town of David, a Savior has been born to YOU; he is Christ the Lord.

Day 3

25Days_1Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall.”
— Larry Wilde, The Merry Book of Christmas

Day 4

Luke 2:17, 19
“… they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child … but Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.”Mary took time to consider, to mull over, to think deeply, to hold dear what had been said about her baby.Take a moment for yourself, slow down, and ponder.

Day 5

Read Luke
1:26–38My picture of the Advent season is a circle of three … working out the details of coming to find us in our lost–ness. And they break the circle and invite a 14–year–old little girl into it and they submit to her. They say, “Here is what we’d like to do, what do you think?” And she says, “I’m in.” And they say, “All right, then, we’re going in too.”
— Wm Paul Young, author of The Shack

Day 6

“You move us to delight in praising You; for You have formed us for Yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in You.”
— Saint Augustine. Confessions, Book 1

Day 7

“Perhaps during the holidays, more than any other time, we fail to hear God’s voice. Distractions abound, and at a time when our focus should be on our blessings and our Savior, we’re tuned in to other things that seem more pressing. But today, make the choice to open your heart, mind, and spirit and listen for God’s voice.”
—Candy Arrington

Day 8

“We who are anxious over many things look forward to your coming among us … We are your people, walking in darkness, yet seeking the light. To you we say, ‘Come Lord Jesus!’”
—Henri Nouwen, Advent Prayer

Day 9

The stable boy performed his usual chores and then fell asleep. Was he wakened by the bright star light? Was he stirred by the commotion of the visitors? Did he hear the first cries of the newborn baby? Or did he miss the extraordinary happenings?View the decorations, read the Christmas story, sing the carols, gaze at the stars, look at the people.Don’t miss the EXTRAORDINARY in the midst of the ordinary.

Day 10

25Days_3Offspring of the Woman
Christ, by highest heaven adored,
Christ, the everlasting Lord,
Late in time behold Him come,
Offspring of a virgin’s womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see;
Hail the incarnate Deity!
Pleased as Man with man to
dwell, Jesus, our Immanuel.
– Charles Wesley (1707–1788)

Day 11

A voice of one calling:
“In the wilderness prepare
the way for the LORD;
make straight in the desert
a highway for our God.
Every valley shall be raised up,
every mountain and hill made low;
the rough ground shall become level,
the rugged places a plain.
And the glory of the LORD will be revealed,
and all people will see it together.
For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”
— Isaiah 40:3–5

Day 12

“Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas, if you stop opening presents and listen.”
– attributed to a 7–year–old named Bobby

Day 13

Immanuel; God with us,
GOD with us, God WITH us,
God with US, GOD WITH US!

Day 14

25Days_2“Every time you hear a bell ring, it means that some angel’s just got his wings. Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?”
— Clarence Odbody (the angel)
It’s a Wonderful Life

Day 15

25Days_4It came without ribbons.
It came without tags.
It came without packages, boxes or bags.
And he puzzled and puzzled ‘till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before.
What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store.
What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.
— How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Day 16

“You will find a
Baby wrapped in cloths and lying
in a manger.”
—Luke 2:12

Though Christ a thousand times
In Bethlehem be born,
If He’s not born in thee
Thy soul is still forlorn.

Ah, would your heart but be
A manger for His birth,
Once more would God now come
With peace upon the earth.

Day 17

            O Holy Night (verse 3)

“Truly He taught us to love one another,
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother,
And in His name all oppression shall cease
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
With all our hearts we praise His holy name.”

Day 18

Who among us will celebrate Christmas correctly? Whoever finally lays down all power, all honor, all reputation, all vanity, all arrogance, all individualism beside the manger; whoever remains lowly and lets God alone be high; whoever looks at the child in the manger and sees the glory of God precisely in his loneliness.
— Dietrich Bonhoeffer, I Want to Live These Days With You

Day 19

O come to my
heart, Lord Jesus,
There is room in
my heart for Thee.
— Emily E. Elliott,
There Is Room in My Heart for Thee

Day 20

HANG IN THERE as you finish those lists and buy the rest of the gifts. Hang in there for those last few days of work and service, and keep smiling. When the parties are over, remember who the parties are really about. Hang in there and don’t be afraid to ask for directions to Bethlehem. Hang in there and remember love and hope and prayer.
WE ARE ALMOST THERE.
— Chris Stoker, Almost There

Day 21

How silently, how silently
the wondrous gift is given.
I would be silent now,
Lord, and expectant …
that I may receive
the gift I need,
so I may become
the gifts others need.
—Ted Loder,
excerpt from Guerrillas of Grace

Day 22

The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a Son, and they will call Him Immanuel—which means, ‘God with us.’
—Matthew 1:23

Day 23

There is beauty in the name of Jesus,
Passing time can ne’er extol;
All the splendor of its clear unfolding
Will eternal years enroll.

There’s salvation in the name of Jesus;
Trusting in his name alone
We shall find ourselves at last presented
Faultless at his Father’s throne.

There is rapture in the name of Jesus,
Joy that bears the soul above,
All the wealth of Heaven to earth restoring,
Name of all-redeeming love.

— Will J. Brand (1889–1977)

Day 24

ANTICIPATION! It’s in the air, it’s part of conversations, it’s in celebrations.

The tree is trimmed, the food is prepared, plans are finalized, the gifts are, well, almost wrapped. CHRISTMAS DAY IS TOMORROW! Excitement!

Time has been given in this Advent season to look for Christ in daily activities, in songs, and in Scripture. Did you see Him? Where and how did He reveal Himself? What about tomorrow? Will Christ be seen in friends and family? Will Christ be seated at the dinner table? Will He be revealed during the quiet moments and during the noisy chatter and the laughter? Look for Him. Look for Him in other people, in conversations, and in silence.

Tomorrow is the big day; but maybe, just maybe,
Christ is trying to reveal Himself to you right now.
Take a few minutes to ponder this scripture and give space for God to speak before the busyness begins.

For a child has been born—for us! the gift of a son—for us! He’ll take over the running of the world. His names will be: Amazing Counselor, Strong God, Eternal Father, Prince of Wholeness.
—Isaiah 9:6 (The Message)

 

Day 25

I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.
— John 8:12

Blessings in abundance on this Christmas day.

 

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