count-down to Christmas #6

During this season of hope and joy, let’s remember to pray for those who are lost, lonely, poor, brokenhearted, homeless, hungry, sick, grieving, neglected and abused.

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As we enter into this winter season, and the Holy Day approaches I am reminded that not everyone will “be merry and bright” or “deck the halls with boughs of holly.” I know where there are families, not ten miles from my front door who have no home, much less a decked hall. There are children in my city who have no stockings to wear, much less to “hang by the chimney with care.”

Our church, and perhaps your’s as well, is asking for cookies, and blankets, and socks, and sandwiches. There was an ugly sweater party, a cookie exchange and they collected shoe boxes filled with toys and toothpaste to be sent to other nations. Concern has been shown for the homeless and helpless outside our doors.

This morning I hold the prayer request list in my hands and read:

Pray for my husband who is being treated for cancer of the throat.
Pray for my family this Christmas, it is hard because my father passed away in October.
Pray for my family down in Los Angeles, so they don’t lose their home to the wildfires.
Pray for my daughter who has relapsed back into alcohol addiction and
pray for her children who are being destroyed by her relapse.

The list goes on and on. Two full pages of pain and suffering, loss and need.

So…today, as I go about the business of preparing to celebrate the birth of the Savior, I think of the words recorded in Luke’s narrative of the Savior’s birth.

…Do not be afraid.
I bring you good news of great joy
that will be for all the people.
Today in the town of David
a Savior
has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.
Luke 2:10-11

This scripture filled with hope and promise becomes my Christmas prayer for all the people. Won’t you please join me in this? Adding the prayer requests of all the people in your city and in your life to the list.

see ya soon

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