Saturday, December 24, 2016

Make Room for Him

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
 
Let heav'ns be glad before the Lord,
and let the earth rejoice;
let seas, and all that is therein,
cry out with joyful voice
before the coming Savior.
To judge the earth comes he—
to judge the world with righteousness,
the people faithfully.
 —Psalm 96:11, 13
Suggested tune: St. Louis (86.86.76.86)


 
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
Mary gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
—Luke 2:7
 
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Is it not time, dear friends, that Christ our Master should begin to be fitly represented by his people—received in his true grandeur and fullness as the Lord of Life and Savior of all humankind; able to save to, the uttermost; a grace all victorious; light, peace, liberty, and power; wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. Therefore, make room for him, even according to the greatness of the length, breadth, depth, and height of his power. Stretch yourselves to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. Expect to be all that he will make you and all that you may be, open wide the spaces of your heart to him—guest-chambers opened by your loving hospitality.
—Horace Bushnell (alt.)
 
TODAY'S PRAYER
Holy Spirit, powerful Consoler, sacred Bond of the Father and the Son, Hope of the afflicted: Descend into my heart and establish in it your loving dominion. Kindle in my tepid soul the fire of your Love so that I may be wholly subject to you. We believe that when you dwell in us, you also prepare a dwelling for the Father and the Son. Deign, therefore, to come to me, Consoler of abandoned souls, and Protector of the needy. Help the afflicted, strengthen the weak, and support the wavering. Come and purify me. Let no evil desire take possession of me. You love the humble and resist the proud. Come to me, glory of the living, and hope of the dying. Lead me by your grace that I may always be pleasing to you.
—Augustine of Hippo
 
YOUR OWN PRAYERS
Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

THE LORD'S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
 —Matthew 6:9-13

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