The Season of Advent
+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
“Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, and he will prepare your way. He is a voice shouting in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord’s coming! Clear the road for him!’” (Mark 1:2-3 NLT)
Morning Reading: Psalm 105:1 NLT
Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done.
Morning Reading: Exodus 19:1-6 NLT
Exactly two months after the Israelites left Egypt, they arrived in the wilderness of Sinai. After breaking camp at Rephidim, they came to the wilderness of Sinai and set up camp there at the base of Mount Sinai.
Then Moses climbed the mountain to appear before God. The Lord called to him from the mountain and said, “Give these instructions to the family of Jacob; announce it to the descendants of Israel: ‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians. You know how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now if you will obey me and keep my covenant, you will be my own special treasure from among all the peoples on earth; for all the earth belongs to me. And you will be my kingdom of priests, my holy nation.’ This is the message you must give to the people of Israel.”
Lord God: when Your people were wandering in the wilderness You renewed Your covenant with them and gave them Your Law to guide them. And now You have extended that promise to me through faith in Your Son, Jesus Christ.
+ Thank You, Lord, for rescuing me from sin and death – restore my wandering heart and renew a right spirit within me, especially during this season of expectant waiting.
+ Thank You, Lord, for giving me Your Word and Spirit – guide, direct and empower me to love and serve You in all things throughout the day.
+ Thank You, Lord, for including me in Your special treasure – set me apart from the unbelieving world and number me among Your holy people.
Lord God: give me wisdom and sound judgement in my daily decision-making today and deliver me from evil. Through Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God forever. Amen.
“Who Am I” – Casting Crowns
Christ, as a light illumine and guide me. Christ, as a shield overshadow me. Christ under me; Christ over me; Christ beside me on my left and my right. This day be within and without me, lowly and meek, yet all-powerful. Be in the heart of each to whom I speak; in the mouth of each who speaks unto me. This day be within and without me, lowly and meek, yet all-powerful. Christ as a light; Christ as a shield; Christ beside me on my left and my right.
He who is the faithful witness to all these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon!” Amen! Come, Lord Jesus! May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s holy people. (Revelation 22:20-21 NLT)
+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen