Today is Tuesday, December 12th
Light two purple candles.
What is your favorite Christmas tradition?
How are your traditions special to you and your household?
Read Luke 2:1-5
In those days, Caesar Augustus made a law. It required that a list be made of everyone in the whole Roman world. It was the first time a list was made of the people while Quirinius was governor of Syria. Everyone went to their own town to be listed.
So Joseph went also. He went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea. That is where Bethlehem, the town of David, was. Joseph went there because he belonged to the family line of David. He went there with Mary to be listed. Mary was engaged to him. She was expecting a baby. [ESV]
Lord, help us stop comparing our Christmas season to anyone else’s. You have “good works prepared in advance for us to do” that are specific to us. We find meaning and joy in whatever life looks like because we trust Jesus for our lives. When we are seated with Christ, we worship You and take our eyes off ourselves. When we are seated with Christ, we realize that You have placed us right where we are for a reason this season. When we are seated with Christ, we can remind ourselves that at all times, Your peace, power, hope and love are available to us in endless supply. We pray our holiday tables shimmer with Your glory, and that any joy and hope we have lost returns. Amen
Personalize it. How can your thoughts and these readings and prayers help you worship fully, give more, spend less and love all.