[CF Devotionals] 2004-11-28 - A Christmas Prayer

Hello my friends,

I hope you have had a great Thanksgiving. If ever you're alone on Thanksgiving or any holiday, and don't have family to spend time with and you find yourself alone, then I would like to challenge you to e-mail me.

Sunday is the beginning of Advent, and I would like to share with you a Christmas prayer written by Robert Louis Stevenson, a scripture and a message by Christian Ditchfield.

A Christmas Prayer

Loving Father, help us remember the
birth of Jesus, that we may share in the song
of the angels, the gladness of the shepherds,
and the worship of the wise man.

Close the door of hate, and open the door
of love all over the world. Let kindness come
with every gift, and good desires with
every greeting. Deliver us from evil by the
blessing which Christ brings, and teach us
to be merry with clear hearts.

May the Christmas morning make us happy
to be Thy children and the Christmas evening
bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts,
forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus' sake. Amen.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

"Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord." (Luke 2:10-11)

The first Christmas gift was also the best -- a Savior. Through Jesus' birth and death and resurrection, He reconciled God and man. We no longer have to stagger under the burden of guilt and shame. Our hearts can be clear, because Jesus paid the penalty for our sins. We can be forgiven, if we repent and believe in Him.

God's love overcomes hatred and evil, and enables us to love one another. His kindness to us inspires us to be kind to one another. When we are grateful for his forgiveness, we are moved to forgive others. The spirit of love, kindness and forgiveness lasts not only for the Christmas season, but all life long for those who have accepted God's gift.

This year, as you give gifts to others, remember God's greatest gift of all - Jesus. His love allows us to "share in the song of angels, the gladness of the shepherds, and the worship of the wise men."

- Christian Ditchfield

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for giving us your Son, and for loving us first, so that we may turn and love you. Lord we are weak. Please help us, in our weakness, to stay focused upon you and to tell everyone we meet about you, and what you did for us through Jesus Christ on this day. We ask this in Jesus precious name. Amen.

God bless you my friends.

[email rob] rob@cfdevotionals.org

Rob - I want my life just to be for the Glory of God.