Daily Share-a-Prayer w/e 27/12/2020
Worship Leader, All Saints Church, Belton
Sunday 27th December
Heavenly Father, thank You that we have been able to meet with our family, albeit online, on Christmas Day and yesterday. It was wonderful to share greetings, share stories and give thanks for gifts given and received. We really are a happy family!
It reminded me of the card game, 'Happy Families' with Mr Bones, the butcher; Mrs Bones, the butcher's wife; Master Bones, the butcher's son; and Miss Bones, the butcher's daughter. Others included Mr Bung the brewer, Mr Chip the carpenter, and Dr Dose the doctor and their respective families. It also brought to mind that there are many unhappy families who would not meet in person or online, on any day
Father, bring peace to the hearts and minds of anyone in an unhappy family. There have always been unhappy families: Adam and Eve believed a lie and the blame game started with accusations flying, "The woman YOU put here with me - SHE gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it". Even You took some flak! We are told Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him. We also read how Joseph's brothers sold him into slavery! Unhappy families are nothing new
Thank You that You are a God of forgiveness, reconciliation, and restoration. Thank You that Jesus restored our broken relationship and now we can be Your children in Your family. Please bring peace and reconciliation wherever it is needed, as it is needed in unhappy families all over the world. Thank You
carol for today:
While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night
Saturday 26th December
Heavenly Father, "Thanks for the memory". Thank You for the time I spent yesterday thinking back to previous Christmas Days, sharing memories with one of my sisters, going right back to when we were about 4 or 5, getting up ridiculously early to open our presents. Tiny details are stored in our memory yet we can remember them like they were yesterday
Thank You for new memories created yesterday in the strangest Christmas Day I guess any of us can remember. It is amazing how so many images can flash through our minds when we reflect back on an event for just a moment
Thank You that we can look back to a life which we did not live, but the life that You led here on earth
Thanks for the memory of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, taking us back to what happened over 2,000 years ago
Thanks for the letters of Paul and others remembering what Jesus said, what He did to show us the Way to live
Thanks for the memory You have given us and the way Your Spirit can bring to mind the Word we need to hear at any moment. "The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my Name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you"
Thanks for memory, from prophecy to pregnancy, the manger to the streets, water into wine, five loaves and two fish, healing, forgiveness, the trial, the cross, the tomb, the resurrection
May we never forget who You are and what You did for us
Thanks for the memory
songs for today (Boxing Day)
Thanks for the memory
See Him lying on a bed of straw
Friday 25th December
Heavenly Father, You did it! YOU did it! "For unto us a child is born, to us a Son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace"
What a journey! Heaven, womb, earth, cross, tomb, hearts. From Heaven You came to the womb of a virgin to be born as one of us. You walked the earth among us, lived with us, talked with us, shared Your life and Your love with us. The King of kings and the Lord of lords, a baby, a boy, a man, Messiah
But You came on a mission, You came with a purpose. You came to save us. You came to the cross. And from the cross You breathed forgiveness over us. Laid in a tomb, dead and buried it would seem the journey was over, but no! The Mighty God defeated death and Jesus again walked among us
Now You live in our hearts! Jesus in one womb, on earth in one place, on one cross, in one grave but resurrected and now in every heart that will receive Him. "Where meek souls will receive Him, still the dear Christ enters in"
Mission Impossible? Jesus told His disciples, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible". Rich or poor, old or young, men or women, Jesus came for all of us. The angels spoke of peace to the shepherds. Jesus spoke of peace to the disciples. And the Prince of Peace is with us now. You did it!
Thank You Father, for Your Son, Your gift to us at Christmas. Jesus!
And Merry Christmas
songs for today (Christmas Day):
For unto us a Child is born
From Heaven You came: The Servant King
Lord I lift Your name on high
Thursday 24th December
Heavenly Father, what kind of God are You?
Are You the kind of God who loves His people or are You dismissive?
Are You the kind of God who draws close to His people or are You distant, remote?
Are You the kind of God who punishes His people or the kind of God who protects them?
Are You the kind of God who kills or One who gives Life?
Are You the kind of God who afflicts people or One who heals?
Are You a God of vengeance and destruction or a God of reconciliation and restoration?
Do You point the finger and say, "Guilty," or are You merciful and compassionate, saying, "You are free"?
Are You a stern Father or an approachable Daddy?
Thank You for Jesus, born in a stable, who is Your Word to us and tells us everything about You! Jesus shows us You are the kind of God who loves His people, who draws close to them and protects them, who gives Life to His people and heals them, a God of reconciliation and restoration, merciful and compassionate, who says, "You are free"
Thank You that You are not a stern Father but that You are an approachable Daddy
Thank You that You love us so much You would rather die than punish us
Thank You that Jesus died so You could come and live in us
Thank You for Christmas and thank You for the Cross
Thank You for Your protection and Your provision, Your promised Messiah who has saved us from our sins
Thank You Daddy for our Christmas present: Jesus
songs for today:
Joy to the World
Up to the hill of Calvary
I cast my mind to Calvary (O Praise The Name)
Wednesday 23rd December
Heavenly Father, Jesus said, "The Kingdom of Heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field"
Thank You that there are so many gems hidden in the Bible and in the hymns, Christmas carols, and songs we sing! "Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting Light; the hopes and fears of all the years are met in Thee tonight"
In the dark days of 2020, Your everlasting Light shines; no darkness can overcome it. Let me grab hold of that gem of information! All our hopes and fears are met in Jesus. Whatever we are afraid of and all that we hope for are dealt with by Jesus:
will we die? Yes, and that is a fear dealt with by Jesus;
do we hope for a future? Yes! And that is provided by Jesus
"How silently, how silently, the wondrous gift is given". A gift? A gem of a gift! A treasure of a gift as "God imparts to human hearts the blessings of His Heaven". And what a gift!
"Where meek souls will receive Him, still the dear Christ enters in". And that means today, in 2020
Thank You that we can pray for this pearl of great worth, "O Holy Child, of Bethlehem, descend to us we pray; cast out our sin and enter in, be born in us today". Our sin can be cast out today? Yes! Because all our hopes are met in Jesus. This is a hidden treasure: "O come to us, abide with us. Our Lord, Immanuel"
Thank You. As You dwell in us, may we dwell on the treasure You have given us
song for today:
O little town of Bethlehem
Tuesday 22nd December
Heavenly Father, sometimes it is so hard to empathise with someone else's suffering, to truly know what it is another person is going through. There are so many circumstances of which I am aware, but I cannot feel the pain of those who are right in the middle of that situation
In many ways, I am thankful, for if I could feel their pain I would not be able to bear it. You, however, do know their suffering and understand it perfectly as You too suffered when You walked with us on the earth. Isaiah told us about Jesus: "He was despised and rejected by mankind, a Man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces, He was despised, and we held Him in low esteem"
Thank You that You came to us, to walk the earth as we do, to face life's challenges and trials, to face temptation and death. "We do not have a high priest who is unable to empathise with our weaknesses, but we have One who has been tempted in every way, just as we are - but He did not sin. Let us then approach God's throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need"
Lord Jesus, I know that You were wounded, deserted, betrayed, I know You were homeless, rejected. So many sufferings, none of them deserved. You understand us because You walked a mile in our shoes, in fact many miles. Thank You that we can lift others to You, knowing You understand, and are with us
song for today:
Come lift up your sorrows
Monday 21st December
Heavenly Father, thank You for hymns, Christmas carols, and songs which remind us of the birth of Jesus, in fact thank You for songs which reflect upon the whole of His life and even the foretelling of His birth
What a genius You are, creating sound in such a way that music can be composed by us but inspired by You. In the physics of the universe You made music work! In the sounds of language You enabled rhyme so verse could be written in a way we can more easily remember
In our bodies You set a pulse, and in music there is a pulse against which we set rhythm
Thank You for our vocal chords! What a genius You are! What an amazing idea that we can shape our voices to create different pitches to make music. In woodwind, brass, strings, and percussion You enabled the creation of musical instruments, using the same physics so that everything hangs together in perfect harmony, in unified rhythm
As we remember and celebrate the birth of Jesus in the coming days, thank You that we can rejoice in music and song, retelling the story of how it all happened
Thank You for Mary, Joseph, innkeepers, shepherds, and wise men. But most of all, thank You for Jesus, Your Son, born in the Little Town of Bethlehem while shepherds watched their flocks by night. All of this, from beginning to end, because of Your love for us
Open the eyes and ears of our hearts to hear and see the depth of Your love for us shown in the birth of Your Son, our Saviour
songs for today:
When Love was born
all songs (usually with lyrics) and talks courtesy of YouTube