God, we pray for our country and the world. We pray for those without
jobs, without hope, without comfort. Break the reign of tyranny,
terrorism, and oppression in the world. Make our whole world a place
of human liberty, human rights, and human dignity. Through Jesus
Christ, our Lord. Amen.
December 23, 2014
(Meditation: I Peter 1:24-25)
God, we are grateful that Your Word is truth, not just a collection
of religious myths and stories designed to make us feel better today.
God, "we are like grass, and all our glory is like the flowers of
the field. The grass withers, and the flowers fall. But the Word
of our God stands forever." Praise be to You, O God. Amen.
December 24, 2014
(Meditation: John 1:14)
God, we are surrounded by Christmas gifts, carefully selected and
lovingly wrapped. On this Christmas Eve, we anticipate the joy of
giving and receiving. But may we also be humbled by Your Greatest
Gift and Your infinite love, so that we confess our sins and receive
Your wondrous forgiveness and redemption. May peace and joy fill
our hearts with gratitude for the Gift of Your Son, in Whose name
we pray. Amen.
December 25, 2014
(Meditation: Luke 2:11-14)
On this Christmas Day, we come to the crude cradle in the bare stable
in Bethlehem. We are shocked to see that the Creator of the world
is a weak, helpless baby. With the heavenly hosts, we fall down
on our knees to worship the King, for God is with us. How majestic
is this humble sight! The world will never be the same. God is with
us! Our lives will never be the same. God is with us! Glory be to
God in the highest, and on earth, peace, good will to all. Through
Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
December 26, 2014
God, Christmas has come and gone. Carols have been sung. Gifts have
been opened. Good food has been enjoyed. Now, the Christmas tree
is losing some of its sparkle. Families are returning to their homes.
God, help us to remember that none of these is the real meaning
of Christmas. Help us to remember every day of the year the words,
"For to us a child is born . . . and He will be called Wonderful
Counselor, Mighty God . . . Prince of Peace. Of the increase of
His government and peace there will be no end." Hallelujah! Amen.