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Wonder: An Advent Devotional

There’s nothing like a toddler at Christmas time.

Last Christmas, my then almost-two-year-old grandson came to visit after we had decorated the yard with Christmas lights. It was like someone had plopped him into a true wonderland.

As soon as he got out of the car, he ran up the yard to the nearest adorned tree. Tentatively, he reached out his little hand to touch the glowing lights. I could see the awe and wonder reflecting in his big, sparkling eyes.

Then, he ran up the yard as fast as his little legs could carry him to touch another tree. Again and again, he bolted from one lit-up tree to another, finding each one as magical as the last.

child touching string of white lights outside in the dark

Christmas time always brings with it a sense of wonder, especially to children. It’s something I never want to lose. When I see awe like my grandson’s, it fills me with hope and joy and a sense of reverence that honestly couldn’t be more appropriate for this season – the season where we are celebrating the most wonder-full event in history.

Do you know this Christmas carol?

I wonder as I wander out under the sky
That Jesus my Savior did come for to die
For poor on’ry people like you and like I
I wonder as I wander out under the sky
I wonder as I wander out under the sky
That Jesus my Savior did come for to die
For poor on’ry people like you and like I
I wonder as I wander out under the sky
I wonder as I wander out under the sky

(You can enjoy the full song here: I Wonder as I Wander)

The Christmas story presented in Luke 2 is absolutely filled with wonder. Shepherds – who were very ordinary people like you and me – were doing their everyday, ordinary work – overseeing sheep sleeping in the fields.

BUT THEN.

Glorious angels appeared in the sky. The shepherds experienced God’s glory, shining brightly. They were told that the Messiah – whom their people had been waiting expectantly for – was finally here.

The shepherds ran to Jesus. Just like my grandson running to the lights. They were filled with wonder, and they just had to share it. They told everyone they met in the town.

I don’t want to lose that kind of wonder, either.

Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, who alone works wonders. And blessed be His glorious name forever; and may the whole earth be filled with His glory. Amen and Amen.

– Psalm 72:18-19

As twinkling lights and beautiful hymns of our Savior’s birth set the atmosphere for the season, I’m grateful to be part of a community of Jesus-followers who consistently refocus my attention on the wonder of our calling. It’s a wonder-ful thing to serve Him.

 


Dr. Teresa Moon, founding President and CEO of the Institute for Cultural Communicators, is an internationally-recognized seminar speaker, education consultant, author, and leadership coach. Each year, she travels globally equipping students, teachers, and parents to become “cultural communicators,” transforming ordinary students into extraordinary communicators and authentic leaders.

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