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Christmas Devotion

A Cold Winter's Night

By Cathy Irvin

Are you looking for Jack Frost to coat the earth with icy glitter these days? Or perhaps you want a white blanket of snow to cover over the world. Many people dream of a white Christmas. I personally want one snow day when I am sure I can stay inside, curled up with coffee or hot chocolate.

Winter is my least favorite time of the year; although I like one or two cold nights of shopping to breathe in that fresh, cold air.

I go out on cold nights to see the lights during the Christmas season. I remember two Christmas's past when I took my great-granddaughter out to see the lights in the neighborhoods. We got out and walked to a few houses and eventually she had to be picked up.

She said, "Tired!"

Then I said 'We better get in the car."

I asked her if she was cold. After all, she had on gloves, a hat, coat and warm pants. She pointed to her nose. Yes ole Jack Frost was nipping at her nose that night.

One winter, I spent time in Toronto, Canada. It was the only time I loved the winter and the snow. You could reach out and touch the snow and it was dry! I was so surprised. I went downtown on a subway and was glad to get out and walk on the streets and into the stores. I couldn't believe it was not wet snow and that the air felt crisp but not icy cold. I imagined Jack Frost must not visit them there.

My friend and I recently talked about that first Christmas when Christ was born. I wondered what it was like. Was it really cold? Was it snowing? Did Jack Frost appear on the scene? Imagine Jesus as a tiny baby out in the elements of the night in an open stable, lying on straw with only a cloth blanket to keep him warm.

I know that He chose to come to earth in the way He did. When I consider Him who endured so much plus the ridicule of mankind, I am determined to keep Christmas alive in my heart every day of the year. I can endure any icy cold winter days and nights knowing that Jesus paid such a price for me.

In the song The First Noel we know the shepherds heard the angel's story and followed a star to where our Savior was in a manger. He was in a stable because there was no room anywhere for Him. The shepherds looked up and saw a star shining bright on that cold winter's night.

Noel! Noel! Born is the King of Israel! Let's make room for Him in our hearts this Christmas.

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Cathy Irvin authored well over 50 Devotions for CBN over three decades where she served the Lord Jesus Christ at the Christian Broadcasting Network. Cathy loved telling stories and glorifying God in all that she did. On December 16, 2011, Cathy left this earthly dwelling to take up residence in the dwelling prepared for her in Heaven. Her Devotions minister with love and truth.

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