Pondering for Saturday, December 31, 2022

Today is the Seventh day of Christmas

Daily Office Morning Prayer Readings for December 31: Year 1

Morning, Psalms 46 and 48:
Isaiah 26:1 to 92nd  Corinthians 5:16 to 6:2John 8:12-19:

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”  (Psalm 46:1)

We are always in need of refuge and strength.  We need a very present help in our time of trouble.  Today we suffer from a triple sickness around the country, the flu, something called RSV, and various variants of Covid.  There is also present among us in this country a tribal, gang-like mentality of no tolerance for anyone different than ourselves.  And lastly, there are global threats with other world powers.  None of this makes for a Merry Christmas.

This is a time we really need God. God was born among us in order to reconcile us back to God.  God was born among us to teach us how to live in loving relationship with each other.

God was born among us to teach us how to depend on God (together) for help all the time, but most especially, in this time of our human need. Merry Christmas: Day 7

Forgive someone this Christmas and accept being forgiven. Merry Christmas: Day 6

Let us believe with patience, and have patience in believing. Merry Christmas: Day 5

We are never to hurt or harm children, only help them, teach them, save and love them. This is what Christmas is all about. Merry Christmas: Day 4

The testimony of John the apostle about our Lord Jesus is true; Believe.  Merry Christmas: Day 3

Let us not take our hate or ill will for another with us to our mortal death.  Merry Christmas: Day 2

Our being saved has as much to do with the birth of Jesus as it does his Resurrection from the dead.  Merry Christmas: Day 1

Please keep up your thoughts and prayers and hopes for Ukraine, Iran and China.

As we listen to what the Spirit is saying to us, let us live to love and serve, and to teach others to love and serve, while pondering anew what the Almighty can do. John

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