In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah: We have a strong city; God makes salvation its walls and ramparts. 2 Open the gates that the righteous nation may enter, the nation that keeps faith. 3 You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. 4 Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.
Prayer for today: Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come. By your merciful protection save us from the threatening dangers of our own sins, and enlighten our walk in the way of your salvation, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
Let’s take the time this Christmas season to transform our minds and our hearts away from the secular and toward the eternal. Let’s take a moment to put down the decorations and the circular ads, to stop worrying about the perfect Christmas tree and the perfect gift, and remember the perfect tree that was formed in a cross and placed on Calvary’s hill which bore the unwrapped perfect gift of salvation. It is ironic that in the season when the world sings; “Peace on earth, good will toward men”, that there is very little peace to be found and the only thing that reigns eternal is the never ending to do and to get lists. We may exclaim in exhaustion after a long day of labor and chores; “where is peace to be found”? Often peace can be found as easily as finding the missing remote control; you just have to look for it instead of just wondering where it is hidden. This Advent season, look for peace by visiting someone in the hospital or in a long term care facility. Look for peace in the sharing of the true Christmas story to a child. Look for peace in serving food to the hungry, clothing the naked and giving to those who are in so much more need than ourselves. Look for peace by knocking on your neighbor’s front door and singing the carols that are full of light, hope and promise. Look for peace by taking a morning walk and talking to God, meditating on the new prayer walk at Mt Carmel, or by holding a loved one’s hand. Look for peace in rekindling old friendships and having the courage to form new friendships. Peace can be found and reigns eternal in the simple inexpensive gift of giving of yourself with love. And by this gift of love the unexplainable will happen, you will experience peace, the kind that passes all understanding.
Shalom, Pastor Scott and Pastor Jenny
Pray for our nation and our neighborhoods
Pray for our marriages, for our children and our families and those families who are struggling
Pray for those who struggle with depression