Jesus our Emmanuel. God is with us!

A Christmas prayer

Oh, Emmanuel – You who are WITH us, fill us with a sense of your presence this day. This week. This month. This year. Our heads know that you are with us, but sometimes our hearts refuse to agree. Give us grace to live like we KNOW that you are with us. Let us live in the trustful rest of the incarnation.

For the truth is, when you are with us:
we are never alone.
we do nothing on our own.
we lack for nothing.
we have no reason for fear.
we are safe.
we are held.
we are deeply loved.

When we have learned to live in this truth, give us grace to reflect your love to our family, our neighbors, our friends, and to strangers. May our actions reflect your goodness, and may they see you in us.

As we await the celebration of your first coming and and eagerly await your second, help us to reflect your love and truth to those who do not yet know you

A Christmas promise

Truly He taught us to love one another,
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother.
And in his name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
With all our hearts we praise His holy name.
Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we,
His power and glory ever more proclaim!
His power and glory ever more proclaim!

Our Christmas wish for you

May you live in the joy of His presence and find hope in the promise of His return!

December1 2016 Prayer Letter