Do They Know It’s Christmas Time

Today’s scripture: Matthew 2:1-12 (NRSV) (The Message) (KJV) What might God be saying to me?

For today’s BE STILL, View the video “Do They Know It’s Christmas Time”.  (Video and Song were used to raise awareness and money to feed many in Africa in the 1980’s, and still goes on today.)

Lyrics —

It’s Christmastime; there’s no need to be afraid
At Christmastime, we let in light and we banish shade
And in our world of plenty we can spread a smile of joy
Throw your arms around the world at Christmastime

But say a prayer to pray for the other ones
At Christmastime
It’s hard, but when you’re having fun
There’s a world outside your window
And it’s a world of dread and fear
Where the only water flowing is the bitter sting of tears
And the Christmas bells that ring there
Are the clanging chimes of doom
Well tonight thank God it’s them instead of you

And there won’t be snow in Africa this Christmastime
The greatest gift they’ll get this year is life
Oh, where nothing ever grows, no rain or rivers flow
Do they know it’s Christmastime at all?

Here’s to you, raise a glass for ev’ryone
Here’s to them, underneath that burning sun
Do they know it’s Christmastime at all?

Feed the world, Feed the world
Feed the world
Let them know it’s Christmastime
Feed the world
Let them know it’s Christmastime

Read today’s scripture passage, link above.

Thought for the day: Think of the hard road that Joseph and Mary were on. Many in our world are not in an easy place to live. Do they know it’s Christmas time? How can I help others know that it is Christmas time NOW, and that God is with US?

We encourage you to include a time of prayer with this reading. If you need a place to get started, consider the suggestions on the How to Pray page.