"If we say we do not sin, we fool ourselves, and the truth is not
in us. If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just, and will
forgive our unrighteousness." (1 John 1:8-9). God, it is humbling
to accept Your forgiveness, rather than holding on to my pride.
It is difficult to understand that there's nothing I can do to earn
salvation. God, help me truly to repent and turn over my life to
You. Through Jesus Christ, my Lord. Amen.
December 17, 2013
(Meditation: John 1:14)
God, in this Advent season, as I look toward Christmas, prepare
me for the re-birth of Christ in my heart. Prepare in my heart a
manger-space, a place of welcome and warmth. May He come to live
in my humble life, as He did in the humble stable of Bethlehem.
December 18, 2013
(Meditation: John 1:20)
God, in this season of holy joy, help us to celebrate the birth
of our Savior with humility, and wonder, and peace. May we be quiet
in this noisy season, and be still in this bustling season, to receive
Your gift of Jesus. I pray for those who worry, writhe, or weep,
and for those who feel none of the joys of the season. Grant healing
to the sick, rest to the weary, comfort to the suffering, and hope
to the downtrodden. In Jesus' name. Amen
December 19, 2013
(Meditation: Matthew 1:18-23)
God, You are Immanuel - "God with us." In this holy season, help
me humbly to seek Jesus in the cradle of Bethlehem, not proudly
in the Inn of Status. Help me humbly to seek Him in swaddling clothes,
not proudly in the finery of social distinctions. Help me humbly
to worship Him just as I am, not proudly in the habit of religious
sophistication. May I conform to Him where He is, not wanting Him
to conform to me where I am. At this Christmas season, help me to
practice the presence of God . . . Immanuel . . . God with us. Amen.
December 20, 2013
God, how desperate Joseph must have been as he frantically tried
to find a room for Mary in Bethlehem. How embarrassed and helpless
he must have felt as he led her to the stable in back of the inn.
How attentive and faithful he was as Your Son was born. God, help
all fathers who face desperate times and who feel helpless and embarrassed.
Strengthen them to be faithful, and to trust in You. In Jesus' name.