“Do You Hear What I Hear?” Christmas Devotional

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Alexis has a Master's degree from Denver Seminary and a Bachelor's degree from Colorado Christian University. She has been in professional ministry for over 15 years. She has served in ministry positions such as co-pastor, youth minister, and spiritual director.
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December 9

“Do You Hear What I Hear” by MercyMe

Said the night wind to the little lamb

Do you see what I see

Way up in the sky little lamb

Do you see what I see

A star, a star

Dancing tonight

With a tail as big as a kite

With a tail as big as a kite

Said the little lamb to the Shepherd boy

Do you hear what I hear

Ringing through the sky Shepherd boy

Do you hear what I hear

A song, a song

High above the trees

With a voice as big as the sea

With a voice as big as the sea

Said the Shepherd boy to the mighty king

Do you know what I know

In your palace wall mighty king

Do you know what I know

A child, a child

Shivers in the cold

Let us bring him silver and gold

Let us bring him silver and gold

Can you hear the song of love ringing through the night, this baby’s cry

Can you see that hope has come when you look inside this baby’s eyes

Emmanuel, Emmanuel

God is with us

Said the king to the people everywhere

Listen to what I say

Pray for peace people everywhere

Listen to what I say

The child, the child

Sleeping in the night

He will bring us goodness and light

He will bring us goodness and light

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 Today’s Devotion

“Can you see that hope has come when you look inside this baby’s eyes

Emmanuel, Emmanuel

God is with us”

When you look to Jesus, do you see hope? You do? Great! But…hope in what? Take moment to pause, even write down all the things you have hope in through Jesus. 

What did you come up with? Hopefully a big list, because there is so much to hope for in Jesus! Because without Jesus there isn’t much hope.

Jesus is our game changer, he literally changes our life, our after-life, our reality. Often times we tend to think only on one side of the hope in Jesus and that usually is the hope for eternal life in paradise with Him. But that is one part of the picture, an important part, but only one part.

Yes one day there will be no more suffering, no more pain, no more death and we will live perfectly with our God, as we see depicted in Revelation 21. There is great hope in this future reality, but what about now?

Of course there is hope in Jesus right now, hope for a better life filled with the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). A hope to walk with God everyday through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. All of us who follow Christ are given this reality, but this reality takes much determination and discipline, for it does not come naturally. This is a skill that needs work because as the world around us is hostile toward the Light and Truth of God.

When we choose to listen to the way the world operates, we are not walking with God, not having hope in Jesus, but rather listening to and following ourselves.

The world operates out of chaos and discord. When we respond with worrying, stress, malice, annoyance, sharpness, harden-hearts, we have lost our sight, we have lost our Lord-even if momentarily.

See what Jesus did when he came to this world; he brought a new way of life. Not one filled with harshness, anger or stress, but one filled with Him. This new way of life is living in the Kingdom of Heaven or the Kingdom of God, which Jesus established right here on Earth. Is it perfect or complete, no not yet, but it has commenced. And as a follower of Jesus, you have a choice to have hope in Jesus or hope in the way the world operates.

As we continue to prepare for Christmas, let us turn back to the lyrics of this song to close:

“Can you see that hope has come when you look inside this baby’s eyes?

Emmanuel, Emmanuel

God is with us”

Yes, God is with us. God is with you and there is much hope in that!

Jesus, 

Give me eyes only for you. Help me not to run to broken ways to live, but to live through your strength, purpose and love. When things look bleak, help me to remember that when you entered the world, it too looked very bleak. However, you changed everything and there is much hope through your story. Help me to see that hope every day. When I become discouraged, let me remember you. When I become weak, let me turn to you. Jesus you are always the answer for you are the only answer and with that I say amen. 

 

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