DEVOTION: Christmas Preparation

by Beth Bondurant
DEVOTION: Christmas Preparation
The unfolding of Christmas is an amazing wonder. Barren places are drastically turned into scenes of beauty holding centuries of precious memories.
  Dark is turned into light.   The forgotten is resurrected into "living" truth.   The twinkle of joy shines from every corner of the room.   Simple reminders carry the warmth of love and peace... just sitting and being.   "Prepare the way for the Lord, make smooth and straight paths."   O God, we give thanks for the visual signs of your presence and power.  As we prepare our hearts, minds, bodies and spirits to receive again... day by day... your love and mercy, we become filled up with hope for the world... for every individual ... for our family and friends... for our church and community.   Forgive us for throwing rocks ... becoming barriers or otherwise making the road harder to travel for ourselves and other.  Help us to smooth the way with kindness, patience and gentleness... with forgiveness, faithfulness and self-control.  Empower us with vision and fortitude for the tomorrow you have known from the very beginning.  Guide us and bless us always in our Christmas preparation.
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