Thursday, December 25, 2008

Family Devotions

When the children were young we would every evening have family devotions, reading from the bible, thanking God for his blessings and remembering those in need. As the children learned to read, we would each read a verse in turn. When they grew older it became more and more difficult to organize a simple half hour of time. There were friends, after-school activities such as sports and of course "must see TV". Finally we gave it up and I always regretted it but it wasn't worth the fight.

At Christmas, though we continued to read the Christmas story from Luke and Matthew before we opened the gifts, so we would remember whose birthday we were honouring. It is a wonderful story of love and hope for the world.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Merry Christmas to all and "God bless us, every one".

5 comments:

  1. A lot of my favourite family memories are from family devotions. Like the time you made Bronwyn read the verses with enthusiasm. Or the time Lyn had the hiccups.

    Love you so much, daddy, and I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

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  2. We had a wonderful Christmas. the house was full of people, laughter and too much food. It is almost 1:00 pm your time. Are you guys actually awake?

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  3. Merry Christmas from David and Elaine :>

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  4. We are awake, Daddy. Are you?

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  5. Love you Daddy. Merry Christmas.

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