Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 12.17.13

But after Joseph thought about this, an angel from the Lord came to him in a dream. The angel said, “Joseph, son of David, don’t be afraid to accept Mary to be your wife. The baby inside her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son. You will name him Jesus. Give him that name because he will save his people from their sins.” All this happened to make clear the full meaning of what the Lord said through the prophet: “The virgin will be pregnant and will give birth to a son. They will name him Immanuel.” (Immanuel means “God with us.”)
 Matthew 1:20-23 ERV
 Bring me closer Father. I want to be saved. I don’t want Jesus’ struggle, torment, and sacrifice to be in vain. In his name I pray for forgiveness, strength, courage, and shelter. Amen.
 The name “Jesus” was common during his time. If you read the entire Bible you will see references to other men named Jesus. The name Jesus is a translation from “Yeshua” which means “Yahweh saves” and “Yahweh” is another name for God. The word “Christ” is Greek for “anointed” so Jesus Christ was the anointed sent by God to save His children. Next week is Christmas, which was once called Christ’s Mass, which celebrated his birth, and was later shortened to one word.
 Why do you celebrate Christmas? Why do you celebrate his birth every year? Even if we have the date and month wrong (because references in the Bible clearly note his birth in what we would consider the season of Spring) none of this matters, because as a whole we come together around the world honoring, celebrating, and remembering our savior, and what his life has meant and now means to us.
 How has your thinking about Jesus and Christmas changed since your childhood? Since your early years as an adult? How has it changed over the last few years? Has it matured? Do you question more of the details? Or are you simply caught up in the holiday and the season of gift giving, food sharing and consumption, and maybe time off from work? What does Christmas mean to you, and what are you doing to help spread God and Jesus’ love for us with others?
 Please share. I would love to hear from you and I’m sure my other readers would also.
 Lovingly your sister in Christ,
 Copyright 2013. Natasha Foreman Bryant. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha Foreman Bryant, unless otherwise noted.

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