Sunday, December 20
Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Prayer: O God, you have sent us a prince who will take the burden of government from our shoulders.
Thought for the day: Whether it be by power or if by love the coming Christ comes as a Prince of Peace.
Monday, December 21
Psalm 110: 1, 2 The Lord says to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feed.” The Lord will extend your might scepter from Zion; you will rule in the midst of your enemies.
Prayer: Jesus, when all the world turns upon itself may we be found secure on your side.
Thought for the day: In the ancient, oriental world the conquering king would place his foot on the neck of soldiers to demonstrate symbolically his life-and-death authority.
Tuesday, December 22
Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See your king comes to your, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
Prayer: Jesus, your regal entry into life and society is always a triumphal entry.
Thought for the day: Both Abe Lincoln and John F. Kennedy, U.S. presidents, became open targets for the attacks of assassins when they insisted that they be close to the citizens they loved.
Wednesday, December 23
Micah 5:2 But you, Bethlehem Ephrath, thought you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.
Prayer: O God, it is your way to choose the small and the humble to accomplish your tasks.
Thought for the day: Bethlehem was not only the birthplace of King David, but it was also the home of the happy couple who found love late in life, Ruth and Boaz.
Thursday, December 24
Luke 2:11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.
Prayer: Praise be to God. You have sent us a Savior and a Lord.
Thought for the day: You cannot have God’s son as savior, if you will not have God’s son as Lord.
Friday, December 25
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his on and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Prayer: Jesus, thank you for sharing your birthday celebration and giving us the hope of eternal life.
Thought for the day: One sure measure of wealth is the magnitude of a person’s generosity.
Saturday, December 26
Luke 1: 32, 33 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.”
Prayer: Jesus, we pledge our allegiance to you as our everlasting King.
Thought for the day: Immigrants do not cross national borders or beg to be allowed to enter the countries where cruel tyrants rule.