Hope Was Born

They shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. — Isaiah 35:10 NKJV

The black, velvety sky was clear and studded with sparkling stars that had looked down on earth since the beginning of time.

Shepherds appeared to be sitting idly by their flocks but in fact were keeping a sharp lookout for anything or anyone who might harm the sheep entrusted to their care. In the distance, the lights from the town could be seen and the noisy commotion could be heard as more people were coming into the town than the town could hold.

On the clear night air, sound traveled easily, and somewhere from the direction of the village inn, someone slammed a door.

And a Baby cried.

The Seed of the woman, who would open Heaven’s gate and welcome any and all who place their faith in Him… had been given!

The Hope that was born that night continues to radiate down through the years until it envelops your heart and mine.

~ God’s Story

Excerpted with permission from The Joy of My Heart by Anne Graham Lotz, copyright Anne Graham Lotz.

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Your Turn

MERRY CHRISTMAS! Jesus is born! Joy to the world!

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. — Luke 2:10-11

We pray that today is a day of celebration for you as all believers across the globe rejoice in the incarnation of the Christ, our Savior, our King!




Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of Billy and Ruth Graham, is the president and CEO of AnGeL Ministries, a nonprofit organization that draws people into a life-changing relationship with God through his Word. Anne launched her revival ministry in 2000 and has spoken on six continents, in more than twenty foreign countries, proclaiming the Word of God in arenas, churches, seminaries, and prisons. She is also the award-winning author of ten books, including her most recent, Wounded by God's People.

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