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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for December 24, 2018

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MONDAY, December 24         Christmas Eve

Isaiah 59:21 And as for me, this is my covenant with them, says the Lord: my spirit that is upon you, and my words that I have put in your mouth, shall not depart out of your mouth, or out of the mouths of your children, or out of the mouths of your children’s children, says the Lord, from now on and forever.

Part of my professional church lady life has included praying alongside small children. During the Lord’s Prayer, I once heard a four-year-old pray, “…an’ weed us not into ten stations, but deliber us from eagles…” He was ardent in his prayer, eyes closed, chubby hands clasped tightly to his chest, reclined in the lap of his mother.

Later, in my office, I had to catch my breath and cry a little. The miracle of that prayer wasn’t that my lessons in Baby Chapel were sinking in. Oh, no. The great miracle of that prayer is the great miracle that happens when any of God’s precious children pray: Even when we don’t quite get the words right, God knows just what we mean. God puts the words in our mouths and the wills in our hearts, if we will simply open our hearts to pray.

MOVING FORWARD: What special intention will you commit to prayer during Christmastide?

PRAY for the Diocese of Kuching (South East Asia)

Ps 45, 46 * 89:1-29 | Isaiah 59:15b-21 | Philippians 2:5-11 | Luke 1:67-80

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