Written by Sue Kales

Romans 12:12: “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”
Luke 2:10-11: “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. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.”

It’s safe to say this Christmas season will be like none other. If you had told me in March, that we would still be social distancing, wearing masks, giving virtual hugs and Zooming in December, my response would have been NO WAY! And here we are, nine months later and it truly is UNBELIEVEABLE!

In the 2019 Haymarket Church Advent Devotional, I wrote: “I Love Christmas! The anticipation of the birth of Jesus and all that leads up to singing ‘Silent Night’ with candles after the Christmas Eve service. I love getting together with my family and friends, choosing the perfect gift for the right person, listening to Christmas music on the radio, watching Hallmark Christmas movies and all that is Christmas.”

The reality is, this Christmas will be very different. We will not be gathering with our friends. We will not be attending any Christmas parties. Christmas shopping is almost totally on line. Christmas Eve service and singing Silent Night will not be the same and even our family Christmas is looking different this year.

Christmas 2020, for all of us, will not be the same, but I have been praying not to let the coronavirus rob me from my Christmas joy. I know my joy is not dependent on what I can or cannot do, but on what the birth of Jesus has done for me. The birth of Jesus gives us Hope. The birth of Jesus gives us Joy. During Advent, I pray we all will be reminded of the many blessings we have, and let us all prepare our hearts and minds for the greatest gift we will ever receive, Jesus Christ.

If you’ve missed any of our previous daily readings, you can find them all archived here. We hope these readings are helping you encounter God this season!