The Christmas season can be a stressful time filled with a barrage of parties, shopping trips, and community events. The Christmas season is often crazy busy for families, but it can and should also be a time of great refreshment.
Is there better news than Christ has come to save us from our sins?
If we hope to focus on spending quality time with our families and reflecting on the gospel this Christmas, we must first focus our hearts on the beauty of Christ. We must first bolster our walk with the Lord and then bolster our family worship times. In Deuteronomy 6:1, parents are told to keep God’s word in their hearts. To teach our kids about God, we must be learning about God and growing in our faith.
Finding good devotional resources for Christmas can be taxing. Below I are five great options.. While not an exhaustive, I hope my reviews will get you started in the right direction.
If you have a favorite Christmas devotion, I encourage you to mention it in the comment section below.
Paul David Tripp masterfully interacts with the Christmas story, providing his readers with a wealth of practical applications. His book seeks to help keep us from losing sight of Jesus during the holiday season. Derived from a series of Christmas tweets, each devotional includes a scripture reference, and ends with parent’s section that will help mom and dad bring the devotional into family worship times. If you are seeking to warm your heart and your family’s heart towards the gospel, I encourage you to grab a copy of Come Let Us Adore Him.
A.W. Tozer’s book reflects his love for the Lord and for poetic expression. The author masterfully paints pictures and shares illustrations that help readers understand that the Scriptures associated with Christmas are plum with meaning. The devotions which have been compiled from Tozer’s sermons and editorials cover all 28 days of the Advent season. I encourage you to read From Heaven this Christmas.
Timothy Keller beautifully helps men and women think the both the dark and the bright side of Christmas in this 145 page book. Though not designed as a devotional, the book will help you grasp the major themes of the Christmas story and will fit nicely into your devotional life with heart warming gospel reflections. If you want to refocus your heart this Christmas or desire to be a better witness during the Christmas season, I encourage you to read Hidden Christmas.
John Piper helps his readers grasp the important themes of the Christmas story by focusing the secondary or theological texts of Christmas found in Acts, Hebrews, and the Pauline Epistles. It is a great resource, highlighting the beauty of our savior in short, two to three page devotions. My wife and I have found Piper’s works encouraging and though provoking. You will greatly benefit from reading The Dawning of Joy Indestructible.
Dietrich Bonhoffer’s words point the readers’ hearts to the true meaning of Christmas. Featuring the martyr’s sermons, poems, and personal letters, the book challenges readers to grapple with the Christmas story for the purpose of knowing God more. Arranged according to the traditional church calendar, the first four weeks are devoted to the themes of waiting, mystery, redemption, and incarnation. The final section features devotions for the twelve days of Christmas. If you are looking for a new and thought provoking devotion, I encourage you to grab a copy of God is in the Manger.