New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

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Today’s Reflection

CHRISTMAS CELEBRATES THE BIRTH of our Savior and Lord, but sometimes we act as if we think salvation is only about securing a place for ourselves as individuals in Christ’s heavenly kingdom, like James and John who asked Jesus for a seat of honor (Mark 10:35-37). Jesus, however, preached that the kingdom is already at hand, to be enjoyed now in the company of other disciples, and we as Christians are to bring others—the weak, the abandoned, the needy, the lost—into it. Jesus came to save the whole world (John 3:16-17), and we, as stewards of Christ’s reign now, are called to work for the fullness of life—including life’s essentials of food, shelter, clothing, health care, education, security—to all earth’s inhabitants.

– Blair Gilmer Meeks
Expecting the Unexpected

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Today’s Question

How do you share the good news of Christmas? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD from the heavens; praise him in the heights!

Psalm 148:1, NRSV

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  • Jill Posted December 27, 2018 6:08 am

    I hope that my life is consistent and that my outlook is positive and encouraging – and these speak to the undertone of peace which blankets me daily. When asked, or the opportunity presents itself, I am ready to speak of my faith, how it sustains me during difficult circumstances.
    Grateful for dinner last night with a former student- athlete of mine. She played basketball for me 20 years ago – and we remain in touch. She is doing very well for herself, making partner at a prestigious law firm here in town.
    Grateful for beautiful sunshine and mild temperatures.

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted December 27, 2018 6:29 am

    I share the good news by spreading God’s love, giving gifts to those who do not know Christ yet. Praying that one day they will know Christ as their personal Lord and Savior


  • Julie Posted December 27, 2018 8:26 am

    I share the good news of God’s love by praying for others and telling them that I will add them to my prayer list. My prayer list is long, but I hope I am showing that God loves and remembers each of us by name.
    My mother has a bad cold and so missed the family dinner at my cousin’s. We had such a good day. I had suggested a Yankee Swap and all enjoyed it and wanted to continue the new tradition.
    Prayers for Jill and her family, may all continue to be well physically and emotionally.
    Prayers for Mary and how wonderful she is with her genereousness.
    Prayers for Robert and Erich and their upcoming move. Robert, a thumbprint cookie is a cookie that you poke your thumb into prior to baking and then after baking you fill it with jam. I have recipes for the filled cookies because the Pennsyvania Dutch make one with raisin filling and I love them.
    Prayers for Connie and her family, may they continue to be thankful for small things.
    Prayers for Andrea and her family. May Lowell’s ankle continue to heal.
    Prayers for Lou and her children and their time together.
    Prayers for Betsy and her family. I pray her brother is home from rehab.
    Prayers for April and her family and may I learn the simple joys of Christmas from her.
    Prayers for Marcy and I pray Mary is able to help her this week.
    Prayers dear UR family

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted December 27, 2018 9:12 am

      Thanks Julie for being a channel of God’s love.


      • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted December 27, 2018 9:08 pm

        May your mum have a speedy recovery!

        So glad that you had such a good day.

  • Andrea Posted December 27, 2018 12:09 pm

    The best way I share the good news of Christmas is by hosting, gift- giving, and bell-ringing. I hope, too, that my comments here reach others in a way that shares the meaning of Christmas.

    Thank you, Julie, and everyone who has prayed for Lowell. He is walking better with the big orthopedic boot. Next week, he will find out from the orthopedist if his fracture is sufficiently healed that he can stop wearing the boot and start some PT exercises.

    I ask you to please pray for my sister-in-law, Marcy J., who is having serious heart issues. Thank you.

    I pray for UR friends and all who visit here, that each of you, and those for whom you pray, will be touched by Christmas love. Blessings.

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