Happy December! Christmas is on its way and we couldn’t think of a better way to ready our hearts together than by spending the whole month reading through the story of Jesus’ birth and finding some practical ways to love others. Together, we will work through an Advent reading plan provided by LCBC Church through YouVersion. Our prayer is that as you read about the greatest story ever told, your hearts will be readied for Christ’s arrival.
In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron. Both of them were righteous in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commands and decrees blamelessly. But they were childless because Elizabeth was not able to conceive, and they were both very old.
Once when Zechariah’s division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God, he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to go into the temple of the Lord and burn incense. And when the time for the burning of incense came, all the assembled worshipers were praying outside.
Today we begin to look at the birth of Jesus. We start with the background of John the Baptist and his parents because John the Baptist was the prophet who would announce the coming of Jesus.
Pray that you would see God’s ‘background’ plan in your life. Pray that you would have faith in what God is doing behind the scenes to get you where you need to be in life, as long as you take small steps to follow Jesus in all that you do.
Send a note or a text to a young person in your life – someone who needs a little extra appreciation for what they do. Make sure you help them feel special by appreciating who they are.