- December 1: Luke 2:21-40
- December 2: Matthew 1
- December 3: Luke 2:1-20
- December 4: Mark 9:33-37
- December 5: Matthew 4:12-17, Isaiah 9:1-3, Matthew 5:14-16
- December 6: Acts 20:35, 1 John 4:10
- December 7: Exodus 25
- December 8: Matthew 25:31-46
- December 9: Isaiah 9:6-7, Revelation 19:1-16, 1 Timothy 6:11-16
- December 10: Matthew 1:22-23, Isaiah 7:10-15, John 1:14
- December 11: Genesis 1, Isaiah 1:18, Psalm 51:1-10
- December 12: Revelation 2:1-5, 1 John 3:1-3
- December 13: Psalm 150
- December 14: Acts 15:22-31
Today’s reading is about an encouraging letter sent from the apostles and elders of the church in Jerusalem to Gentile believers living in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia.
Can you imagine what it must have been like to receive a letter back then? It’s not like they had Hallmark stores and Post Offices! :) These letters were truly special documents written with great care and thought. They also had to be hand delivered by someone, usually someone important and worthy of delivering such a message, not just a messenger boy who would drop off the letter.
When the people heard what the letter said, they rejoiced “with great joy” because of the encouragement it contained. When was the last time you wrote a card, note, or letter of encouragement to someone? I’m talking about the kind that is written by hand. :) If you’re like me, it may have been a while. Maybe it’s been too long.
I challenge you this weekend to select two people who you think could use some encouragement and handwrite a note or letter to them. I know you are crazy busy with Christmas preparations, but I think this is very important. If you’re addressing Christmas cards, maybe you can add a personal note of encouragement for someone who’s had a rough year. Your words could have a tremendous impact on the recipient and they might rejoice with great joy or maybe they’ll just smile and be happy in their heart. Either way, it’s a win because you have encouraged someone who needed it.
All right, friends. Go write! :)