Day 11 | Advent / Love

Loving Father, 

Help us remember the birth of Jesus,

that we may share in the song of the angels,

the gladness of the shepherds,

and worship of the wise men.

Close the door of hate

and open the door of love all over the world.

Let kindness come with every gift

and good desires with every greeting.

Deliver us from evil by the blessing 

which Christ brings,

and teach us to be merry with clear hearts.

May the Christmas morning 

make us happy to be thy children,

and Christmas evening bring us to our beds

with grateful thoughts,

forgiving and forgiven, 

for Jesus’ sake.

— Robert Lewis Stevenson

“Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, ‘Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.’ And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, ‘Out of Egypt I called my son.’” - Matthew 2:13-15 ESV

“When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.” - Hosea 11:1 ESV

“For to us a child is born,

    to us a son is given;

and the government shall be upon his shoulder,

    and his name shall be called

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God

    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” - Isaiah 9:6 ESV

“As one whom his mother comforts,

    so I will comfort you” - Isaiah 66:13a ESV

In the story A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens says:

“For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child Himself.”