Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Today, if you have a prayer request that is on your heart, please leave a comment and let us have the honor of joining with you in prayer.
This is a season of merriment; a season of rejoicing in God's gift to us, of an awe-inspiring gift of mercy and love. But for many people this is a season of sadness.
They may be grieving the loss of a loved one, and wishing they were alive to share Christmas joy with them. They may be estranged from family or friends, and need companionship. It may be that the pressures of family gatherings, church functions, and financial stresses are weighing the person down. If people notice at all, it may be with a perky "Cheer up! It's Christmas!" kind of feedback, and that often pushes a person further into gloom.
I hope that all of us will reach out to those around us, and include them in the circle of our love and our gatherings. A quiet and reverent time may be easier for some people -- try to tailor your invitations to what you see in that person's face, and what you know of their situation.
I'd like to mention an answered prayer -- I'm rejoicing because the wildfires in our area have been contained. God sent rain and our fire-fighters were able to successfully tamp out the flames. It was smoky here for days, and we saw the helicopters overhead, carrying the buckets of water (as the crow flies, it was about five miles from us). I'm so blessed, and so grateful!
Please let us know if there is something that we can pray about with you.