birth of Jesus
Day 24 – The birth of Jesus. On a quiet unsuspecting night, the Savior came into the world. And the world has never been the same. Luke 2:6-7 While Mary and Joseph were in Bethlehem, the time came for her to give birth. Then she gave birth to her firstborn Son, and she wrapped Him snugly in cloth and laid Him in a feeding trough— because there was no room for them at the lodging place. As the Christmas rush begins to quieten down, the stores are closing, the gifts are bought, and the world prepares to stop for a […]
Mary and Joseph, A Christmas Story Devotional
Day 19 – An angel visits Joseph. When Joseph heard the news that Mary was with child, he considered divorcing her from their engagement. But that was not God’s plan. This became the third time an angel appears announcing the baby Jesus. The first time was to Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, the forerunner to Christ. Then the angel appears to Mary, and now Joseph. And the angels are not finished yet with this Heavenly celebration! ​ Matthew 1:20-22,24 But after Joseph had considered these things, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared to him in a dream, […]
Mary and Joseph, Christmas story
Day 18 – Joseph is engaged to Mary. The Christmas story now switches to the book of Matthew for more details about Mary’s engagement to Joseph. The author Matthew was originally a tax collector by trade, an occupation that was considered the lowest class of sinners in those days. Yet Jesus chose to dine with him and his rebellious group of friends in Matthew’s home, an act that would have been improper to associate with such sinners. After the dinner party with Jesus, Matthew gives up everything he has to follow Jesus and becomes one of his twelve disciples. In […]

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About the Author

Sue McCusker is a writer, Bible teacher, and web developer who loves to share the stories of life, hope, and faith she sees around her every day. She has written for Guideposts and Angels on Earth magazines, and teaches the story of God in women's Bible study.