God, as we prepare our home with the familiar sights and sounds
and smells of Christmas, help us to prepare our hearts for the birth
of our Savior. As we buy presents for family and special friends,
may we also make generous gifts to help those with special needs.
Focus our eyes and hearts on the manger in Bethlehem, so that in
our fleeting exhilaration, we will not miss the eternal joy of peace
on earth and peace in our hearts. In Jesus' name. Amen.
December 6, 2016
(Meditation: III John 1:4)
God, thank You for our wonderful children. Each one is committed
to Christ. Each one is a caring person. Each one has a fine family.
Thank You for guiding their lives. Thank You for their health and
for their generous hearts. And God, thank You that every day they
bless my life immensely. In Jesus' name. Amen.
December 7, 2016
(Meditation: Matthew 2:1-2)
God, Your Star led others to Bethlehem. Grant that we, too, might
follow Your light to see Him anew. May our souls not be like busy
inns, with no room for the Son of God. But may they be like fertile
ground to receive Him and blossom into faith, love and service.
In Jesus' name. Amen.
December 8, 2016
(Meditation: I John 4:1-3)
God, today's "tolerance" assumes that all ideas are equal, yet relativism
cannot define what is good. With no definition of virtue, our culture
dares not stand for anything, lest we be branded as judgmental and
intolerant. Values now come from poll results, not the moral compass
of Scripture. God, forgive our denials and our unwillingness to
stand for what is true and right in Your sight. Give us wisdom and
courage. In Jesus' name. Amen.
December 9, 2016
(Meditation: Matthew 25:37-40)
God, I am still thrilled by what I saw. A man turned-up the
collar of his raincoat as he ran through the cold rain. Nearby,
a little boy on crutches was selling newspapers. The man stopped,
asked for two papers, gave the boy a ten dollar bill, said, "No,
you keep the change," and hurried on. As he rounded the corner,
pushing against the rain and wind, he heard clicking noises behind
him and turned to see what it was. The little boy, crutches flying,
caught up with him, dropped his crutches, grabbed both lapels of
the man's coat, looked up at him, squinting in the rain, and said,
"Mister, are you Jesus?" . . . O God, help me to be like Jesus to
someone in need. In His name. Amen.