An Advent Devotional from Seacoast Church
December 24

Another Christmas

For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
Isaiah 55:12 (ESV)

Christmas Eve. The main lights go off in the worship center and the last few people leave for home. At this time of night, the huge panels of windows in the church breezeway are like mirrors, and the shining concrete floors form a magical ice rink that reflect the white lights from the Christmas trees. They seem to cast angel shadows.

I remember how during this season a year earlier, I was lying in a hospital trauma unit with an injury that would require my arm be amputated. I prayed beseechingly to God to let me see another Christmas. 

My faith was tested during the long night of my accident, but God stayed with me, strengthening me. When I was rescued, it felt, like in Isaiah 55, as if all of nature sang out, the mountains, forests, sea, and sky! I realized God forever holds his hand out to us in compassion, inviting us to be restored and to receive his blessings when times seem their darkest. 

God’s greatest blessing to us is Jesus and I am especially thankful to celebrate his birth this Christmas after a long recovery. I am full of gratitude for the chance to respond to God’s grace and to share the joy and true warmth of community by serving as a greeter on the Dream Team. I feel the spirit of Christmas and am honored to be a small part of something so wonderful. 

As those last few people leave for home, I recall the words from Isaiah, “For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace.” It is what I wish for them, and for you.

Share with friends


  1. How have hardships or difficult seasons in your life begun to erode your faith?
  2. What do you need to let go of in order to make room for greater joy and peace?

Share Your Blessing

  1. Give the gift of warmth while you’re out this season. Buy a pack of socks and hand a pair to those experiencing homelessness.
  2. Take some time today to be still. Write it on your to-do list. Thank God for the gift of his Son.


Come experience one of our Christmas Eve candlelight services as we remember the birth of Jesus with music, a message, and fun.
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