Day 6 : Drew & Renee Fober
Scripture : Isaiah 40:9-11
Start by reading Isaiah 40:9-11. It was seven years ago this October that my wife and I were going to get an ultrasound; she was early in pregnancy and had just had a scare so we were going to check on our baby. As the image appeared on the ultrasound monitor we could quickly see our lives were going to change big time; clear as day, we could see two babies. As we made our way back to the exam room, two nurses followed me to make sure I didn’t pass out. We were both in a little shock. Once that passed we were quickly on our phones calling, texting, posting on social media about the excitement of having twins. If there was a high mountain around, I might have even been compelled to climb to the top and shout, “We’re having twins!” We do that with good news. We share it quickly and loudly. And today, sharing good news is easier than ever. So what is our response in sharing the Good News at Christmas, to our children, to our friends, family, and co-workers? Often, for me, it is to allow Christ to be left in a Hallmark card moment, where baby Jesus is in a manger in humble surroundings. It’s a wonderful image, no doubt. But we know the story doesn’t end there. I waste the opportunity to proclaim that this Child commands heaven and earth, that our God is all powerful, yet gentle, and a nurturing Father. What awesome news, and yet rather than being bold in sharing the news, I am content to allow the story to end in the manger. Ephesians 6:19 says,“Pray also for me, that the message may be given to me when I open my mouth to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel.” There is good news to share during Advent, and we should be on the proverbial mountaintop, proclaiming the greatest news known to man.
We should proclaim Christ at all times, but during Christmas there is a special opportunity to be bold in faith and illustrate the God we have. What are some ways you can put God on display this Christmas season?
Father, we thank you for Good News. Life can bring such joy in both the small and big events in our lives that are truly good. But let us understand the best news is You. Give us boldness in proclaiming You and the strength and mercy You afford us. Amen!
Make cookies as a family and deliver them to your neighbor.
Be sure to share pictures of you, your friends, and your family in action!