It can be hard to focus on the true meaning of Christmas when there are so many external trappings. Take just a few minutes to reflect on what Christmas is really all about.
The Christmas season is filled with white lights, glad tidings, joyful music, and—oh, let’s be real; the season is filled with plain old busyness! As December 25th approaches, we fall prey to that seasonal bug of busyness. With all the decorating, shopping, sorting, baking, wrapping, and attending Christmas performances and activities—our schedules are never more full.
The Protestant Reformation began 500 years ago and changed the way we understand Christianity to this day. But what sparked this transformative movement? Martin Luther, a priest and scholar, challenged the widespread practice of selling indulgences, a kind of certificate for forgiveness of sins.
This month our Today readings focus on the Reformation, commemorating the 500th anniversary of the date when Martin Luther nailed 95 theses on the door of a church in Wittenberg, Germany. We’ll discover how the concepts of the Reformation are still very meaningful for us today. Our theme this month is “The Reformation for Today.”
This month our Today readings will focus on the concept of gratitude. From Genesis to Revelation, we will explore passages that show praise and thanks to God for who he is and for what he has done for us. And in doing so, we’ll seek to learn how we can be more grateful. Our theme this month is “Gratitude’s Song.”
Have you ever finished reading your daily Today devotion and wondered what inspired the author’s thoughts and reflections? If so, our “Who Wrote It” feature is just for you. Listen to this podcast interview and follow along with the transcript below to learn more about this month’s author and what he hopes you might take away from this series.