“The shepherds came to see the baby, stood by his mother’s side. Here lay the Savior, inside a manger, O what a glorious night…I heard the angels singing Hallelujah. Let the earth receive her king. I know that love has come, singing it out – Jesus Christ is born. The shepherds wondered; they couldn’t hide it. Told everyone in sight. All were amazed, when they heard how God came down on this glorious night.”

This is the Christmas story—Christ was born in a manger in Bethlehem. A star marked his birth. Shepherds stood in wonder and amazement, then told everyone in sight about this glorious event. Angels filled the sky with singing. It was the first ever hallelujah chorus, and it was a glorious night! Each year we get to celebrate and sing that love came down that night. A king was born that glorious night. Let’s join with the angels and remember to continue the chorus of hallelujahs that marked that special moment.

As you let this rousing song motivate you to exercise, let it also motivate your heart to awe and wonder like the shepherds felt that night. Open your heart and mind to the truth that Jesus, this humble baby born in a manger, is the Savior of the world—and that means he is your Savior! He forgives your mistakes and failures and he loves you just the way you are. If you take the step to believe, as those shepherds did long ago, you, too can have the gift of eternal life by grace, through faith.

Ephesians 2:8 “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.”

Questions: Describe in your own words what happened in Bethlehem when Jesus was born. Have you ever shared this story with anyone outside of your family? Are you ready to step out in faith and say yes to Jesus as your Savior?

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for coming on that glorious night so long ago. I believe you are the Savior of the world and the Savior of my heart. Forgive me for all the things I have done wrong. Come and be my king. Take control of my life. Amen.

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Jeannie Blocher is the President Emeritus and Director of Spiritual Impact of Body & Soul Fitness. She and her husband Roy founded Body & Soul in 1981, and now Jeannie serves in a volunteer capacity. She is an author and speaker, who treasures first her role as wife, mother of three and grandmother of eight. She wrote the First Place 4 Health Bible Study “Make Every Day Your Best Day” and the book “Encouragement for the Body & the Soul.” She enjoys speaking on behalf of Body & Soul, sharing the message of faith & fitness.

Contact Jeannie at jeannie@bodyandsoul.org.

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I love Christmas music. I could listen to it year round, but I exercise restraint (and avoid conflict with the grinches in my life) by limiting my merry playlists to the months of October-December. Okay, okay, sometimes is goes into January. There’s just something special about having set aside time for things. Christmas music has a season every year, and every year I am reminded of just how much truth there is in the songs of Christmas.

When it comes to Body & Soul Christmas music, I have some favorites. I love the peppy ones (I am forever an optimist), and the contemplative ones as well, but give me a good story song, and I am delightedly lost in the music. I love that these artists paint in word pictures that fill my imagination with scenes of that first Christmas. For the last few years we have had the song Gloria by Jason Gray as part of our line up. Partly that is because it’s a great high cardio song, but also it’s because I love it. The lyrics of the song are written through the eyes of the shepherds. I can so identify with those guys. Just normal people, going about their job, not expecting God to burst in and change everything but that’s exactly what happened to them and to me.

The birth of Christ changed everything for the shepherds and for the kings of this world. No one was excepted from the impact of His coming. We all have to decide what we will do with the Good News of the Gospel. Christ has come…do you believe He is who He says He is? He claims to be Emmanuel, God with Us, the Word made flesh, the long promised Messiah, our Wonderful Counselor and Prince of Peace. What will we do with those claims? We can dismiss them as ridiculous or we can believe.

The shepherds chose to believe. They saw the angels and ran “running like children run, reckless and wild with a song that made them young again.” They had news for anyone who would hear it! King or peasant, the news was for everyone! “They were crying out “have you heard, have you heard O Bethlehem!” Some kings chose to believe. They bowed down and worshiped this little boy who they knew had come to change the world. Others sought to kill the baby that threatened their power and their own kingdoms.

So what is the response of your heart? When you hear those Christmas songs telling about the birth of Christ. Does your pulse quicken with the anticipation of the coming of the King? Do you get a little weepy when you consider the baby born to die? Does your heart cry out in wonder for the gift given?

Music can make us feel so many things. I hope this season you will take a little time to listen to some Christmas music and consider the child in the manger and who He is to you. Lose yourself in the sounds of the season that remind us that we sing GLORIA! There, in the manger, is the newborn KING!

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Tracie Durham is a Cardio Strength Trainer for South Central. She is a former attorney, full-time home schooling mother of three kids (Abbie, Aubrie and Charlie), wife of a Fire Chief (Phillip) and unabashed fan-girl of “all the words” and mostly importantly…of Jesus.