God Be with Us

December 23, 2013

Today’s Reflection

MAY THE HOLY SPIRIT fall upon you. Like a falling star, trailing across the dawns and dusks of your Advent living, may the Spirit mark you with light and point the way toward God-With-Us. Be patient, draw close, for the Lord is very near. Amen.

- Pamela C. Hawkins

Simply Wait: Cultivating Stillness in the Season of Advent

From page 67 of Simply Wait: Cultivating Stillness in the Season of Advent by Pamela C. Hawkins. Copyright © 2007 by Pamela C. Hawkins. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Pray today’s prayer of blessing for yourself or a friend. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

I will recount the gracious deeds of the LORD, the praiseworthy acts of the LORD, because of all that the LORD has done for us, and the great favor to the house of Israel that he has shown them according to his mercy, according to the abundance of his steadfast love.
Isaiah 63:7, NRSV

This Week: pray for children’s ministers. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.

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This week we remember:  Stephen (December 26).

Lectionary Readings

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robert moeller December 23, 2013 at 2:29 am

Yes, I wish this prayer’s message for everyone. May the Holy Spirit fill everyone with the message that to us a Savior is born and He is Christ the Lord. And with Him we have all that we could ever hope for. Thank You Lord for this amazing blessing and gift that You poured out for us. May everyone accept Your gift. In Your name I pray. Amen.

For several years I worked with a youth pastor teaching Sunday school and helping young people be confirmed. It was very rewarding but also very trying. As a high school teacher I found working with junior high aged young people a very big challenge. There were so many turns on a dime. Thankfully there are youth pastors who help young people find their way to Christ. Lord be with youth pastors and those who help them.

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Jill December 23, 2013 at 4:44 am

Thank You Father – for Your presence. Keep beckoning us in Your mysterious ways.

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Toni December 24, 2013 at 10:45 am

Thank you God for this Christmas – I have come to know you so much better this year. Not where I want to be but differently not where I was. I praise you and all the blessings you continue to bestow on me and my love ones. Please help me to grow even more next year and to praise you openly.

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