Trying to stay focused on what is important this Christmas Day?

Posted on: December 25th, 2011 by Kay Swatkowski

Daily Meditation for Christmas Day

For unto us is born, this day in the city of David,

A Savior, which is Christ the Lord.

Glory to God in the Highest

And this will be a sign to you,

You shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger

Glory to God in the Highest

(A few moments of silence as you reflect on the gift of the baby Jesus)

We thank you for the mystery of the incarnation and that out of love you chose to take on frail humanity.

We thank you for your humility that allowed you to come to us as a little baby.

Glory to God in the highest.

We thank you for your meager and simple birthplace that welcomes everyone to come and worship.

We thank you for the tender vulnerability and absolute dependency that was part of your infancy and makes you even dearer to us.

Glory to God in the highest.

We thank you for being Immanuel, very God living among us, experiencing life with us so that we could have confidence that you know and care about our struggles.

Glory to God in the highest.

We thank you for being exactly who the angels’ song said you were, our Savior.

Our Savior from sin

Our Savior from the cost of our sins

Our Savior from ourselves

The Savior who is able to save us completely

We thank you for being our Redeemer

Redeeming us, buying us back from our slavery to sin

Restoring us to our rightful place as sons and daughters of God

Reconciling us to the Father, removing everything that stands between us and God

Making us new

This Christmas Day, we sing with the angel chorus in Bethlehem

Glory to God in the Highest and Peace to men on whom his favor rests.


Let us pray:

Our Father in heaven

Hallowed be your name

Your kingdom come

Your will be done

On earth as it is in heaven

Give us today our daily bread

And forgive our debts

As we also have forgiven our debtors

And lead us not into temptation

But deliver us from the evil one

Amen

(A moment of worshipful silence)


On this Christmas Day we pray

For the brokenhearted, dejected and those suffering with relational pain,

O, Lord may they know the hope of your birth and find you to be the Wonderful Counselor.

For the lonely and rejected,

O, Lord, may they know the certainty of your presence and acceptance and see you as the Everlasting Father.

For the sick and dying,

O, Lord, may they feel your touch of healing and discover you to be the Prince of Peace.

For the poor, homeless, unemployed and disappointed,

O, Lord, may they cling to you and know you as Almighty God.

For the frightened and uncertain,

O, Lord, may they know you as the Sovereign Lord who cares for his people.

For our children and grandchildren,

O, Lord, we ask that this Christmas their hearts would be touched with the beauty of the nativity and that their faith would grow so that would understand that this Savior was born for them.

Merciful Christ, we ask that you would care for us all and on this Christmas Day constantly draw our attention and worship back to the Christ Child in the manger.

Amen




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4 Responses

  1. Judy says:

    Kaye, Thank you for this beautiful Christmas Day devotion. I pray that you and your family will be blessed as you celebrate the birth of the Christ Child. I look forward to a new year of your devotions. God Bless.

  2. I love this! I wish I had noticed it before Christmas so I could have shared it on my Facebook pages in a timely manner. Maybe next year…

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