It seems to be a little early to be thinking about Christmas but I woke up to the sensationalist press claiming that Christmas is cancelled. Yes, I suspect that celebrations might look a little different this year and we may still not be able to meet in the way we would like to but that does not mean that Christmas has been cancelled.
Jesus is still God with us
Jesus is still our living hope
Jesus is still good news proclaimed by heaven and earth
There maybe a few less around the table for Christmas dinner and a festive game of charades might be played over Zoom but Jesus will still be here in the midst of us and we will tell his story because he is the same yesterday, today and forever and his kingdom will have no end.
So let's not worry about what may or may not happen in a few months time but instead focus on today as we all stop together to pause, ponder and pray.
Take a moment now to recognise that you are in the presence of God. It might help to slow your breathing. Take a few deep breaths in and out.
Let’s pray together:
Draw us into your love Christ Jesus and deliver us from fear.
We say together our family prayer:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Today’s reading is Luke 6:27-38
“But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. Do to others as you would have them do to you.
“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. If you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
Who comes to mind when you think of enemies?
What might it mean for you to do good to them?
What is Jesus saying to you today?
Father God, today I pray for all those who have hurt me. Help me to treat them as you would have me do. Amen
Say a prayer today for those who work in the media.
On our church list today we pray for:
Mo, Mark, India and Ryan Blue
Let’s finish by praying this blessing:
May God give us
his comfort and his peace,
his light and his joy,
now and forever.