“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”” Luke 2:13-14 NKJV

Can you imagine the starry night when Jesus was born?

Thank you, Timothee Duran for the use of your photo. Beautiful!

We started off December with anticipation of our Savior’s birth. Then we expressed adoration toward God and His Son. This week we join the heavenly host in joyful acclamation! Acclamation means “loud enthusiastic approval, to welcome or honor someone or something”, “an enthusiastic reception”, or an “exhibition of welcome or approval”.

You will find my husband and I (during college football season) sitting in front of the TV on Saturday afternoons or evenings. We both went to Clemson University and have rooted for “our team” ever since. Now it is much more enjoyable as they are doing really well under the Christian guidance of Coach Dabo Swinney. We cheer, we yell (ok, I yell), we clap, yes, we are enthusiastic fans! We provide “acclamation” for our team.

If we can give such enthusiastic acclamation for our sports teams, entertainers, and others, how much more acclamation is due our Savior, our Wonderful Counselor, our Mighty God, our Everlasting Father and our Prince of Peace? (Isaiah 9:6)

This Christmas let’s all pause from the busy rush of the season and the stress of the escalating pandemic. Let’s joyfully express our acclamation for the birth of Jesus Christ. A standing ovation for Jesus, God with us! Shouts of joy and enthusiastic singing for the Lord of lords and the King of kings. Heart-felt praise and acclamation for our Savior.

I thank God for each of you! And I thank you for joining me this week as we gift our Lord Jesus with acclamation.

Have you noticed our pattern for December as we celebrate the birth of Jesus? Anticipation, adoration, acclamation… Can you guess the last word for the last week in December? A hint: how to start the new year. Let me know what you think it is.

Blessings and a very Merry Christmas to you and your families!

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