No matter your circumstances today, I pray that you may celebrate the birth of our risen and coming King with expectant hope. May you have a Blessed and Merry Christmas!
2 The people walking in darknessIsaiah 9:2, 6-7 (NIV)
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
a light has dawned.
. . .
6 For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
will accomplish this.
Holy One, Father, God of Israel, as the sun rises today we rejoice in the gift of Your Son, Jesus. We who walk in a dark world rejoice at seeing the great light of Your Son. You gave us a child. You gave a child who grew to adulthood, sharing the joys and sorrows of life in a fallen and imperfect world. You sent Your Son and we eagerly await that day when the government that we experience each day will be on His shoulders. As we celebrate His birth today, we look forward to His return when every nation and tribe will call Him Wonderful Counselor and Mighty God. You, our Everlasting Father, have sent the Prince of Peace. We look with hope to the time when there will be no end to the greatness of His reign and His peace. We thank You that He came, teaching us what Your righteousness and justice look like. Thank You that Your coming kingdom will be filled with both for eternity. Thank You that You, in Your perfect timing, will bring all of this about. In the meantime, work in each of our lives, that we may live as citizens of Your kingdom, serving as instruments of You love, justice, and righteousness. Thank You for Jesus. It is in His precious name that we pray these things. Amen.
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