...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. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:20-21 (NIV)
With Christmas fast approaching, my daughters have been eagerly counting down the days till the 25th of December. Ever eager to teach them the real importance of Christmas, I was touched by my four year old's spontaneous prayer the other night when she clasped her little hands together and prayed, "Dear God, thank you for Jesus' birthday and that he was born and died for our sins." This totally trusting prayer got me thinking about how many I know who do not acknowledge Christ's birth as more than a fable and a reason for them to feast and holiday. Perhaps this Christmas we could take time out to not just thank God for the gift of Jesus, but to pray for the unbelievers we know. Please join with me in praying that this Christmas, many will come to trust in Jesus as their saviour.