Morning Encouragement for 12/24/2022

Good morning,

To begin with, I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I pray G-d’s blessing on all of you. As a child, I looked forward to Advent because I knew that Christmas would be six weeks away. During those six weeks, we’d write out our wishlist by looking through the Sears and Roebuck catalog. You see, we as a child didn’t get gifts all year long as we do now, we got gifts two times a year – our birthday and Christmas. Christmas was a festive time my parents did everything within their power to make it a special time for me and our siblings even while my dad was in Southeast Asia. You see, my parents understood the depth of the word “sacrifice” and did so without reservation when it came to their children. This leads me to my point, Christmas is not just a date on the calendar, and nor is it just the 24th and 25th of December. Christmas or the day we celebrate Jesus’ birthday whenever that is. Christmas is a time of denying ourselves and diverting the time to serve others or, “fasting”. The reason Jesus came was to loosen the burden of sin from our shoulders. So, how much more should we sacrifice our time and gifts to help others?

Father,

Thank you for Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. I pray for my family, FB friends, and readers. I plead the blood of Jesus over all of these good people’s homes. I pray especially for those who are away from their families either because of military obligations or for their jobs such as the police, EMTs, and medical staff. I pray that you will continue to shake the world and its elected leaders so that they may be silenced before you. I pray for the military, law enforcement, and EMT communities that you will be with every one of them and bring them safely home. I pray over our politicians that you will continue to shake them to their core with the message of the Ephod so that they fully understand whom they serve. I pray for the city of Stacy, the state of Minnesota, and the USA may your Spirit fall fresh upon us. I pray for the truckers who carry supplies to our communities. I thank you for healing our land with rain that refreshes the land and the storms that shake the heart of mankind. I pray for those who need a special touch from you today. Finally, I pray that my words will always be an encouragement to all who read these words in Jesus’ name I pray. May your peace be upon my family, city, state, nation, and world. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer (Psalms 19:14).

IHS
MK

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