Rev. Ray's December 01, 2021 Devotion
December 1, 2021, 9:06 AM

There is a beautiful Christmas story/song about a shepherd boy in a nativity scene who wants nothing more than to be moved closer to the Christ child. His plea is, “Move me closer, move me closer; move me closer to the Child. Let me see Him, let me hold His hand. Move me closer to the Child.” I must admit that it is one of my favorites (sung by Evie Karlsson).

As we have entered another Christmas season with Covid still hanging around like Goliath with his threatening voice, we pray for wisdom to know how to stay close and safe at the same time. Society has, and is, paying some heavy prices that have come with not being able to be close. We have witnessed people becoming afraid of people, and people becoming distanced from church.

When God created the world, the first addition that he made to it came with the words, “It is not good for man to be alone.” There is a song that asks, “When will we realize that people need the Lord.” It is true, people need the Lord, and people need one another.

Christmas is about God getting as close to us humans as God could get. He became flesh and dwelt among us. God left the holiest of holy and came to live in our sin infested world just because he wanted to be near enough to save us from our sin.

Can we even begin to understand the meaning of Christmas? God came close enough to us that he could ask us to come near to him. I am amazed at the great benefit of what Jesus did. Not only did he take our sin to the cross; but he made it possible for us to be close to one another here on earth, and forever in Heaven. Just think of all the friends we have made because we met at the foot of the cross.

“Move me closer, move me closer; move me closer to the Child. Let me see Him, let me hold His hand. Move me closer to the Child.”

Grace and Peace, Rev Ray


 
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