Heavenly Father, We 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.
We thank You, Father, for the many reasons we have been given a merry
Christmas. And we rejoice for each blessing. New life. New love. A home.
A job. New opportunities. Second chances. And more.
We 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 snow when to start.
And we thank You for the mighty gift of Your creation.
Thank You, Lord, for spiritual leaders and faith-filled friends who keep encouraging us when we are close to giving up.
And although we have many reasons to rejoice today, Lord, we also know
December 25th can be not-so-merry for a whole host of reasons. We pray
for those who are experiencing loss this Christmas: relational,
financial, spiritual and physical.
We pray for those who are coping with loving a prodigal and our friends
and family members whose hearts are far from You. We 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, we ask You to grant us peace. Peace in our homes, peace
in our churches, and peace in our hearts, when the world all around us
spins out-of-control. Help us to stay focused on You, this Christmastime
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 merry
Christmas. In Jesus’ name, Amen!!!
Merry Christmas To You All!