It’s that time of year for making my Christmas list.
Christmas, a time of giving praise and glory to God, our Father at the birth of His son, Jesus Christ. As I look forward to this time of celebration, I also reflect on this past year.
What a year it has been for me personally and for many in our nation and around the world. How about you? Yet, out of adversity comes blessings if we keep our eyes, ears, and heart open to God’s purpose in our lives. This has been made clear to me time and time again particularly in recent years, and indeed this past year. All I need to do is read and re-read my prayer journals to know this to be true.
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And it is my prayer journals that will be the basis of a writing project, a spiritual memoir I am beginning in the new year. I ask for your prayer as I begin this new spiritual journey.
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I was stupid, and I did not understand.
I was like a dumb animal in your presence.
Yet, I am always with you.
You hold on to my right hand.
With your advice you guide me,
and in the end you will take me to glory.
Teach them to do everything I have commanded you.
“And remember that I am always with you until the end of time.”
Surely as God is with us, He is here in this world to bring blessings over the adversities that seem to confront us at every turn. My last request on my Christmas list is another prayer and that each day we end our prayer journal writing session reciting:
The Prayer of St. Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy;
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
What’s on your Christmas list?
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