Christmas Prayer

Heavenly Father, this is our Christmas prayer to You. We thank You from the depth of our hearts for sending Your only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to be our Savior!  

Jesus, Eternal Son of God, we honor, praise and glorify You for becoming Emmanuel, that is: God with us. Out of Your unspeakable love, You left Your Heavenly Home, and took on our human nature by becoming flesh and blood. You were born in a lowly stable, and placed in a manger. You humbled Yourself so that we can sit together with You in heavenly places. 

Holy Spirit, we thank You for being our Comforter, Advocate, and Guide Who leads us into God’s truth. 

During this Christmas season, we join the angels in praising God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit! Glory to God in the Highest, peace on earth to men of good will. 

Holy Spirit, may You lead others who do not know the Savior, to Jesus Christ, the Light of World, so that they may be partakers of the new birth. For Jesus died and rose again to take away our sins so that we can be heirs of God’s Kingdom. 

We rejoice for the birth of Jesus Christ this Christmas season, and with all the angels of God and the hosts of heaven, we praise and worship God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  To the only wise God, our Savior, be glory and majesty, authority, and power, before all time, and now, and for all eternity. Amen.

Jesus Is Our Hope And Comfort In This Holiday Season

life-of-jesus-pic-01Another Christmas season is here. As usual for this time of year, homes are decorated with Christmas lights, stores are having sales everyday for Christmas shoppers and  televisions stations are showing holiday-themed television programs and movies portraying people having conflicts yet resolving their issues just in time to have an ideal Christmas celebration before the program ends. In reality, however, this is not the case for many people, especially when you read the headline news. Police officers and civil rights protesters are clashing around the country, companies continue to layoff employees, and the Ebola virus looms large around the world, still with no effective antidote. On a personal level, unemployed workers are feeling a deep financial pinch, and many people are experiencing stress, loneliness or depression due to the death of a loved one, financial difficulties, physical challenges, or other reasons. Although this time of year is meant to remind us the birth of Jesus Christ, so many of us find ourselves struggling with despair and discouragement.

When we find ourselves in this situation, it pays for us to remember the story of Jesus’ birth and the faith and courage of Joseph and Mary. It serves not only as a reminder of the reason we celebrate this time of year, but also as encouragement for us when we’re faced with difficult circumstances.

Joseph and Mary were forced to leave their home, family and friends and travel to Bethlehem by order of Caesar Augustus, the emperor of Rome: Continue reading