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Home for the Holidays

<p>Christmas has a way of beckoning us home, doesn&rsquo;t it? We long for our loved ones to be seated at our holiday tables, gathered cozy in our festive living rooms, and posing for family photos at the blazing hearth. Expectations can be high and disappointments can run deep when what we want – everyone home for Christmas – isn&rsquo;t what we have. We want to be home and we want everyone we love to be home with us.</p>
<p>It&rsquo;s interesting that we should feel this way when we consider that Joseph and Mary were far from home the night Jesus was born. The shepherds that celebrated with this little family on that starry night were strangers, not loved ones, and the setting wasn&rsquo;t cozy or festive. And yet when we think of that first Christmas, we think of joy, serenity, warmth, peace. Home.</p>
<p>It&rsquo;s true that there&rsquo;s no place like home for the holidays. And equally true that there&rsquo;s no home where God has not placed Himself this Christmas. </p>
<p>That&rsquo;s the heart of the holidays. God came to us. </p>
<p>He is our home.</p>
<p><em>&ldquo;Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.&rdquo; Psalm 91:1</em></p>
<p>Original devotion by Susan Meissner, author of <em>A Sound Among the Trees</em></p>
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<p><strong>Daily Reflection: </strong>How will you be reminded of God’s presence in and out of your home this holiday season?</p>

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