Jingle: An Advent Devotional – Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Writer: Beth Jones
Writer’s Ministry: Choir member 
Text: Isaiah 1:16-18

Looking back on my life, I can see many times when Jesus intersected my life.  Thirty-four years ago, my husband and I were especially impacted by His love and blessings during the Christmas season.

After several years of marriage and graduate school with my husband, I had planned and was excited to have our first child.  We really wanted children, and I was happy to share this joyous news with our families.  But soon afterward, I was devastated and heartbroken when I experienced an early miscarriage.   Suddenly, I wouldn’t be a mother, my mother wouldn’t be a grandmother, and my grandmother wouldn’t be a great-grandmother.  On top of that, I didn’t know if I would ever get pregnant again!  I realized that I was not in control; I had to depend on and trust in God.  This was hard because I’m a planner, but matters of life and death are in the hands of God. I just needed to trust God and pray.

A little over a year later, by God’s grace, I was nearing the end of my second pregnancy.  God had given me a perfect year of doctor visits, baby showers, and time to plan for our new arrival.  (I didn’t know in advance if I was having a boy or a girl.)  The baby’s due date was close to Christmas and we were excited for the first grandchild in our extended family.  Having a baby at the time of year when people are talking and singing about “peace on earth” and a baby born in Bethlehem was so comforting.  I could relate to Mary having her first-born son in a special way.

We attended our church’s Christmas Eve service to celebrate Jesus’ birth.  It was during that service that I went into labor.  I remember looking up and saying to God, “You have to be kidding me!!”

Our first-born son was born at noon on Christmas day in 1988.  Jesus intersected our lives that day and gave us the gift we had been praying for!  My family came to visit us in the hospital right after church (Yes, Christmas was on a Sunday that year, just like it is this year!).  What a joyful time for our family!  Our newborn son was our most incredible Christmas gift that year!!!

Daily Prayer:  Dear Heavenly Father.  Thank you for all the gifts you give us every day and especially at Christmas.  May we daily hand over our lives to you so that you can be the one in control. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen

Discussion/Reflection questions:

1. Have you ever had to wait on Jesus because something didn’t go how you had planned?
2. Have you ever felt your life was out of your control, but when you allowed Him, Jesus stepped in to make things right?
3. What was your best Christmas gift ever?

6 responses to “Jingle: An Advent Devotional – Wednesday, December 7, 2022”

  1. Beth your sharing touched my heart! I am also a Christmas baby and my mom was also very surprised when she went into labor 🙂
    My babies weren’t born in Christmas but I felt that same feeling because as a young girl I was told I couldn’t hand kids. I wanted nothing more! And God saw fit to bless me with 3 perfect boys (and a baby I can’t wait to meet in heaven)


    1. Wow Desiree, that’s great you’re a Christmas baby too!!! That’s so special! Glad you have 3 sons. We ended up having 2 sons and that little one in heaven that we’ll meet later like you! We have so much in common. I’ll look forward to meeting you at church sometime soon!


  2. Thank you for sharing this blessed experience with us. Such a strong message in trusted God and then seeing prayers answered. ❤️🙏


  3. Dear Beth, your poignant devotion and sharing of how God has always been working in your life brought tears to my eyes. It’s humbling to know someone who God touched so personally, especially during our advent season. May God always bless your life as he did on your son’s first Christmas!


  4. What you have written here, “I realized that I was not in control; I had to depend on and trust in God. This was hard because I’m a planner, but matters of life and death are in the hands of God. I just needed to trust God and pray.” is how I live my life. Somehow, it seems to be getting easier to do the older I get. I hope that is because my faith is also growing and becoming deeper. Thank you Beth.


  5. I too have had to wait on God and pray for God to heal broken relationships. I kept trying to reach out and reconnect with the person with whom I’d lost our previously loving relationship. I kept trying and kept being hurt or disappointed by each time it failed to go as I wished. Each time I was confused and questioned why God didn’t heal the relationship. I didn’t understand his purpose in making me wait, but now I’ve come to realize there was much I had to learn about myself and relationships. I’ve also learned big time that I’m not in control. Today all three relationships have evolved and are much healthier. I’m looking forward to spending Christmas with my son and feel blessed by how open and warm it’s become. Thanks for sharing your beautiful story.


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