Illuminating the 12 Days of Christmas- On the Second Day of Christmas... true love gave to me Words of Life!  

December 27 is the second day of Christmas and the feast day of St. John the Evangelist. Yesterday we kicked off a commemoration of the 12 days between Christmas and Epiphany. Each day we'll be reflecting on how we can live into the reality that Christ is born, God is with us. 

The Second Day of Christmas- December 27

The Feast of St. John the Evangelist-  John was the only one of the disciples who did not die as a martyr.  He witnessed to the Incarnation of Christ through his words. John shows us Jesus as The Word, Logos, who came to earth and dwelt among us as the Word of Life.  Today we witness to the birth of Christ in the world by speaking words of life to others. 

Reflection from "When the Time Was Fulfilled"

"If we follow God's word faithfully, if we understand the ways of God and hold firmly to the goal, the last days will come. Thus we should not think that Christ's birth was connected with the Roman Empire. The Roman Empire did not have the slightest significance for the kingdom of God. But whether a Simeon was there or not, or a Mary, or other people who expected God's kingdom- that was significant. Then the time could come, as it actually did. When the Word of God becomes true through faith, something is made ready in the hearts of people."

- Christoph Blumhardt

*this book of Christmas meditations is available for free download ( I say buy the book. You'll use it year after year- either way, get it!)  

Practice of Remembrance

Today I will speak words of life in the thank you notes I write. I'm going to take the time to intentionally write personal encouragements, witnessing to Christ's love and hope, to my friends and family.

These daily practices of remembrance aren't meant to be burdensome but simple ways to be purposeful in these 12 days.  There are many more ways one could acknowledge the meaning of each day. I would love to hear what you decide to do.  How will you speak words of life today?