Saturday 26th December - St Stephen’s Day - Read Acts 5:57-60
It can seem strange to mark the martyrdom St Stephen right after Christmas Day when our dominant emotion is joy in the birth of Christ. The point, however, is that this is why Christ came on earth, to save us from our sins by his death on the Cross. Christian joy is that strange thing, not an emotion, but a deep peace which remains even in the midst of great opposition and difficulty. This will always be part of the Christian life.
Lord, thank you for the assurance of our Spirit’s ever presence as I seek to walk faithfully in your way. Give me grace to endure to the end. Amen