12/16/13

Joy of Christmas: Day Sixteen

Christmas is so much more than presents, trees, lights, and childhood.

We would all agree that Christmas is about Christ. Yet, we only focus our study on a small part of who Christ is during this Christmas season. We only talk about mangers, starts, angels, and a baby. He is so much more than that! We sing about and talk about the joy that comes with the Christmas story. But why is it so joyful that Christ was born?

Inspired by the
Jesse Tree Advent book**, I am going to do a 25-Day series focusing on
finding joy in Christ! Click here for more info.

Joy of Christmas: Day Sixteen

The Good Shepherd


Psalm 23
The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.
My needs are always met in God.  I need love.  I have it. I need acceptance. I have it.

He makes me to lie down in green pastures.
Sleep in peace.  God is watching over you.  Do not your lay your head on the pillow with worry.

He leads me beside the still (quiet) waters.
Rest. Relax.  Do not let the troubles of your day follow you to bed at night.

He restores my soul;
Restore can mean repair.  Do you have hurts or brokenness?  Let God fix them.

He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
Worrying that you are being a good Christian?  God will guide you. 

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.
Do not fear the evil of this world.  The unseen or seen evils.

For You are with me; Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
The rod and staff represent the strength of our God.  Rest in His power!

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
The people around you may have daily needs, but God provides for your daily needs as well.

You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.
Even in your mistakes, God’s grace is more than enough.  It runs over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life. The path for you and your family or life maybe cloudy – but God knows the way.  His goodness and mercy are like wildflowers growing along the path of life. Abundant and ready to be picked!

And I will dwell in the house of the Lord – Forever.
We know where the path ends.  There is no fear in death. Heaven awaits.


Find joy in Christmas - in the Good Shepherd.