“But the angel reassured them. ‘Don’t be afraid!’ he said. ‘I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior — yes, the Messiah, the Lord — has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!'” Luke 2:10-11
Today and always, I pray you experience God’s love through the gift of His Son, Jesus. And wish you a very happy holiday!
Heavenly Father I thank You and praise You today for the miracle of Your Son’s birth. Thank You for bringing great JOY to the whole world!
Thank You for giving us the assurance that because You came to us in the form of a human, we who believe in Jesus can know with absolute certainty that we’ll spend eternity with You.
I thank You, Lord, for the many reasons we have been given a joyous Christmas. And I rejoice for each blessing. New life. New love. New hope. A home. A job. New opportunities. Second chances. And more.
I know, Lord, that You bring the sun and the moon and set the stars in motion. You tell the ocean where to stop and the rain when to start. And I thank You for the mighty gift of Your creation.
Thank You, Father, for spiritual leaders and faith-filled friends who keep encouraging us when we are close to giving up.
And although I have many reasons to rejoice today, Lord, I also know that this season can be not-so-merry for a whole host of reasons. I pray for those who are experiencing loss at this time: relational, financial, spiritual and physical.
I pray for those who are coping with loving a prodigal and our friends and family members whose hearts are far from You. I pray for those dealing with unemployment and addictions and chronic sickness … and unending pain and frustrations of all kinds. Thank You, Lord, that You are The Wonderful Counselor and Prince of Peace, even in the midst of our not-so-merry circumstances.
Finally, Lord, I ask You to grant us peace. Peace in our homes, peace in our churches, peace in our nation and peace in our hearts, when the world all around us spins out-of-control.
Help us to stay focused on You, during this time and always. Thank You for loving the whole world enough to send the greatest gift, Your Son, so that we might truly have a very happy holiday. In Jesus’ Name, Amen and Amen!