This article is part of the ESV.org Reading Plans series.
The Story of Stories
Christmas is coming, and in the midst of traditions and trimmings, it’s easy to be distracted by the busyness of the season, neglecting to celebrate the true story of Christmas.
As Paul David Tripp writes in Come, Let Us Adore Him: A Daily Advent Devotional:
The thing that should make you stop in your tracks, activate your heart and mind, and fall to your knees is that this story is real. It took place in real time at real locations with real people. All human history was marching to the specific point in time when this story would unfold, and the implications of the events of this story reach to everyone who has lived since. The Christmas story is the story of stories.
God's Word can recenter our hearts and minds on the weight and meaning of Christmas. Tripp says:
Kneel down, and look into [the] manger. Look up and listen carefully to the song of the angels. Examine the wonder of the shepherds. This story is meant to enliven, motivate, excite, and transform you. May the glory of the best gift ever recapture our hearts so that we really do come to adore him and so that we will all live with a renewed appreciation for the grace that we have found in him.
A New Bible Reading Plan
Today, we’re pleased to announce a new, 31-day Bible reading plan on ESV.org aimed at helping you enter into and reflect on the story of Advent this season. Our hope and prayer is that, as you read and meditate on God’s Word either alone or with your family, you will experience the abiding joy of Christ this Christmas season.
Start the Bible reading plan today.
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