GLAD WORDS - December 16, 2022
Friday, December 16th
Advent Devotional #20 written by Pastor Shawn Thornton
For the shepherds, the bright, shining, angelic appearance startled them from their late-night shepherding duties. But the message of the angels was one of joy, hope, and gladness. The message of the angels was one of “good tidings and great joy to all people” (Luke 2:10).
The setting in which the angels delivered their message on that night so long ago is replayed in the eighteenth-century English tradition of wealthy members of a community giving gifts and treats to carolers. The famous Christmas carol, “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” came out of this tradition. The line “glad tidings we bring to you and your kin” reminds us of the good, brilliantly splendid news brought to the shepherds. Just as the moon does not emit its own light but reflects the light of the sun, we reflect the goodness of God when we bring “glad tidings” to others.
In an age of anger, hostility, and hatred, a kind word goes a long way. Simple words of kindness like “please” and “thank you” have fallen from much of our daily interactions. People with whom you interact daily long for someone to express grace, compassion, and thoughtfulness toward them. We can do that!
The words the angelic hosts shared with the poor shepherds were words of joy and celebration. Words possess power. Words can turn a situation of sadness or tension into moments of kindness and understanding. In those moments when we use words properly, the glory of God shines through us.
What we say brings gladness to scenarios few would describe as glad. But we have to be intentional with the words we use for them to have a life-giving impact on others. People cannot read our minds and know how we feel about them. We need to choose our words wisely to bring joy and gladness to others. How many of the following phrases can you work into your conversations today?
“I appreciate you.”
“What can I do to help?”
“I see you. I hear you. I understand you.”
“I believe in you.”
“Please forgive me.”
“I love you.”
“God loves you, and so do I.”
Shepherds were the least likely of all the people that night in or near Bethlehem to receive good and glad words. Who would not expect kind and loving words from you today? Go out of your way to bring glad tidings to those who would expect it the least! You can bring glory to God today by filling a heart with gladness and bringing a smile to someone’s face. Start with a smile. A kind smile and uplifting words can change the lives and outlook of people around you each day. Smile and say a kind word to shine the brilliance and glory of Christ on others!
Today: Make it a point to smile and say a kind word to the next person you see. Watch how it can change the moment and lift others!