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Bread for the Journey-Third Advent

I love to picture the shepherds on the hill sides tending to their flocks of sheep. It was probably just another night in the fields....when suddenly!

An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people". Luke 2:9

Fear turned to great joy!
Good news....
for the shepherd...
for all people.

Lord, thank you for the lasting joy that can be found through Jesus.
May our hearts be filled with expectancy this week. The story is old, and we have heard it over and over, but today I ask that you would refresh that old story in our hearts. Lord may you help us to prepare our hearts for the Prince of Peace, and to share the joy that is for all people.

The Lord is near!


  1. The words - Do Not Fear - appear in the Bible 365 times; one for each day...
    Turn your troubles over to God and do not doubt. Ask as if you have already received.
    If we could all remember these, we would be much better for it.
    Thanks for your message today!

  2. Beautiful post. We all need to be reminded to "not fear" in these days! I didn't realize it was there 356 times, Lori! Amazing! God is awesome!

  3. Yes.. the story of that first Christmas is an old one we have heard many times, but it is a timeless one that never fails to bring joy into our hearts.
    Thank you, Kathy, for your beautiful reminder.

  4. What a wonderful reminder when so many people have so much to fear in our world.
    I echo your prayer Kathy. .thank you.

  5. I often wish I could have been with the shepherds on that hill side long ago.The message of Christ's birth is still just as special today.

  6. Always nice to remember the real reason for the season! God bless you and have a very Merry Christmas!

  7. I love to come across the real reason for the season. This blog in general is making me feel closer to the roots I grew up in. It's like visiting with cousins and yet I know none of you. Wonderful feeling.

  8. Just today I heard that the real reason for the season are we - sinners, living in darkness, lost, and loveless - it was His Love that brought Him to earth to be Light and be the Way to the Father!

  9. If we could all remember these, we would be much better for it.

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