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The holiday season has arrived, and since it is the holiday season of 2020, emotions are running strong, ragged, and high for many people. Living through a pandemic, nature’s disasters, and election season has brought many of us to the finish line of the year with heavy hearts and hope for relief on January 1. For people of the Christian Faith, Christmas Bible verses can ground our minds and hearts to the source of our joy and light. What better time of year is there for us to recall the power that can be borne of something small and seemingly insignificant than the Incarnation of God during Christmas?
If you have found yourself at the end of 2020 with a chip on your shoulder, an empty chair at the dinner table, cancelled plans with loved ones or a last-ditch effort to save the holiday season with a socially-distanced dinner, having some encouragement in your pocket can be a small entryway to a pocket of peace this season. Keep reading to find some Christmas Bible Verses that can add some magic and warmth to your celebrations this year-no matter the circumstances.
Bible Verses For Loneliness
The period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is 33 days long, and for many Americans, this seems to be the longest and loneliest time of the year. Many people have no one with whom they can spend this holiday season, and due to a worldwide pandemic that has disrupted the lives of millions, finding the perfect recipes or gifts does not feel as important as we would like. There are people we encounter every day who are trying to push themselves to get to the end of each day during this holiday season. If you find yourself falling into that category, Bible verses can provide a soothing balm on an aching heart.
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
“So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.””
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Even if my father and mother should desert me, you will take care of me.
1 Samuel 12:22
The Lord has made a solemn promise, and he will not abandon you, for he has decided to make you his own people.
Christmas Bible Verses For Struggling Families
Between social isolation/distance, virtual meetings and classes, job and income losses and more, the modern-day family is struggling with health, wealth, and mental clarity. If prayer is part of your family’s lifestyle, check out these Christmas Bible verses that may provide some calm and peace of mind during this busy season.
After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.
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Christmas Bible Verses For Small Victories
When things get tough, even the smallest victories can make our day exponentially better! Did you snag the last can of your favorite gravy? Did you get a great parking spot or maybe make it out of the store and into your car just before the rain came down? In those small moments of victory, you can and absolutely should celebrate! Christmas Bible verses can inject your Faith tradition to these moments of bliss and doing so can carry gratitude into other moments as well.
When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”
The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
Christmas Bible Verses To Lift Your Spirit
Sometimes, our hearts are just heavy and we can offer no explanation, no words, and no real understanding that can remedy our feelings or situation. We get it. When you’re ready, pull out your Bible or phone or notepad and remind yourself that you’ve got everything you need to conquer these moments where you feel lost.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.
When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
Christmas Bible Verses To Inspire Unity
2020 brought division and hatred to the surface of the American people, but each year, when that electric ball of hope falls in Times Square, our hearts sizzle with hope and excitement that often comes with the promise of second chances. Kisses abound and confetti falls to an accompanying chorus of “Auld Lang Syne” and if nothing else about the holiday season promises hope for unity, New York City and Christmas Bible verses certainly can try! Here are some of our favorite Christmas Bible verses to inspire unity during the holiday season and beyond.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.
At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.
And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth.
But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.
The holiday season can be stressful and joyful, filled with laughter or tears. This year, Christmas Bible verses can aid in celebration or soothe a hurting heart, and for Christians, there is comfort in having scripture to accompany their journey in life.
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