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Welcome to the JCPC Daily Reflections Blog. Reflections are daily devotionals authored by JCPC pastors, staff and members and provide insight, guidance and comfort to help you make it through each day. If you’d like to receive Reflections each day via email,  provide your email address.

Monday, December 23 2019

 "A great multitude . . . shouting . . . 'Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory!'"

-Revelations 19:6-7  

 

All around me, people are walking with a purpose, headed in the same direction. It's Christmas Eve, and I'm wandering around Stockholm, Sweden.

 

Looking for an adventure, I followed the crowd, and they led me to a church. Delighted with the unexpected opportunity to attend a Christmas Eve service, I entered the sanctuary along with the other worshippers. An American couple sat next to me. They, too, had followed the crowd to this church.

 

With hushed anticipation, the service began. The music was a glorious celebration of Christmas. As for the sermon, I did not understand a word, but the priest's happiness was obvious. And, I easily comprehended the universal language of the offering plates. During the service, I was surrounded by strangers, but we worshipped as friends.

 

The dark, dreary afternoon had become a new cherished memory of celebrating Christ's birth. At the end of the service, we sang "Silent Night," a hymn that churches around the world would sing that night.

 

We are followers, not of the crowd, but of Christ.

 

Prayer for Today

Heavenly Father, on this silent and holy night, we worship you. Around the world, in many languages, our love for you becomes one language. Thank you for sending us your Son. Amen.

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