Sunday, November 27
Mark 1:2,3 It is written in Isaiah the prophet: “I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way” – “a voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord make straight paths for him.’”
Prayer: Lord God, we given thanks for all the messengers sent to prepare us for the coming of the Son.
Thought for the day: Unmarked potholes cause serious damage to the unwatchful traveler.
Monday, November 28
Malachi 3:1 See I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,” says the Lord Almighty.
Prayer: Lord Jesus we believe you shall come to rule for eternity.
Thought for the day: The sudden is not startling for the prepared.
Tuesday, November 29
Amos 4:12 Therefore this is what I will do to you, Israel, and because I will do this to you prepare to meet your God, O Israel.”
Prayer: O God, we humbly ask that Christ prepare us for the hour when we shall meet our Maker.
Thought for the day: Why don’t obituaries say, “To be continued”?
Wednesday, November 30
I Samuel 7:3 And Samuel said to the whole house of Israel, “if you are turning to the Lord with all your hearts, the rid yourselves of the foreign gods and the Ashtoreth and commit yourselves to the Lord and serve him only, and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistine.”
Prayer: Lord Jesus, the idols of the world we lay aside that we may worship you.
Thought for the day: An old pastor said if you allow someone to come between you and God you are allowing them to draw closer to God than you.
Thursday, December 1
Psalm 37:9 For evil men will be cut off, but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.
Prayer: Lord God, keep us pure that we may enjoy the fruits of your liberation.
Thought for the day: For the few like Primo Levi who never gave up hope in Auschwitz there was a day of liberation.
Friday, December 2
Isaiah 64:4 Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.
Prayer: Lord God, in Jesus you have answered our heartfelt prayers for mercy and salvation.
Thought for the day: A loving parent cannot bear to break a promise that would disappoint their child.
Saturday, December 3
I Peter 3:15 But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to given an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, you are the reason for our seasons of hope and love.
Thought for the day: If the thought of Christmas makes children dance and sing, why, o why, can’t we join the chorus?
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