12th Day of Christmas
+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!
Opening – Psalm 62:5-8 (NLT)
Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken. My victory and honor come from God alone. He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me.
O my people, trust in him at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge.
Morning Reading: Luke 2:36-40 (NLT) –
The Prophecy of Anna
Anna, a prophet, was also there in the Temple. She was the daughter of Phanuel from the tribe of Asher, and she was very old. Her husband died when they had been married only seven years. Then she lived as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the Temple but stayed there day and night, worshiping God with fasting and prayer. She came along just as Simeon was talking with Mary and Joseph, and she began praising God. She talked about the child to everyone who had been waiting expectantly for God to rescue Jerusalem.
When Jesus’ parents had fulfilled all the requirements of the law of the Lord, they returned home to Nazareth in Galilee. There the child grew up healthy and strong. He was filled with wisdom, and God’s favor was on him.
Almighty God: Give us the discernment to apprehend the wonder of Christmas – the miracle of “God with us” embodied in the child, Jesus of Nazareth. Like Anna, we too wait expectantly for our rescue from the forces of darkness and evil. And like Anna, give us the boldness to tell everyone of his immanent return – “God with us” embodied in the King of glory, Jesus the Messiah. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life. All honor and glory to God forever and ever! Amen.
“Mary Did You Know” – Kathy Mattea
Blessing – Titus 2:11-13 (NLT)
For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God, while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed.
+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.