December 8, 2021

Matthew 26:64; Mark 14:62; Luke 2:25–35; 22:69; Hebrews 1:3; 8:1; 12:2

John Calvin (1509–1564)

Peace on Earth

Luke 2:14

As fits the holy Christmas birth,

Be this, good friends, our carol still—

Be peace on earth, be peace on earth,

To men of gentle will.

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811–1863)

Peace on Earth in the Hearts of Believers

Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 10:34; Luke 2:14

Let us reflect that at the festival of the Lord’s birth, and therefore, from the beginning of His life, we greet Him as the Prince of Peace, and that this always continued to be His character in the midst of all the strife that He Himself brought, so that in this sense also His life is carried on in us. And thus, both in the midst of the internal dissension, which, alas! not unfrequently exists among the professors of His name; and in the outward conflict with the world; we also preserve the cheerful calmness, which with Him was never disturbed; and go on in the way of peace; so that, notwithstanding the sword, peace still rules on earth, for it has fixed its seat in the inmost heart of believers.

Friedrich Schleiermacher (1768–1834)

Proceeding from the Father, and Speeding Back

John 8:42; 16:10, 28

From God the Father He proceeds,

To God the Father back He speeds;

Proceeds—as far as very hell,

Speeds back—to light ineffable.

Ambrose of Milan (ca. 339–397)

Raising an Impure Race to Purity

Matthew 8:3; Mark 1:41; Luke 5:13; Hebrews 10:22

He who is all purity came to an impure race to raise them to His purity.

John Henry Newman (1801–1890)

Reject the Virgin Birth, and the Incarnation Will Follow

Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23

Once reject the tradition of the Virgin Birth, and the incarnation will go with it. For a few years, indeed, men will use the old language, the word “incarnation” will be on their lips; but it will be found before long that by that term they do not mean God manifest in human flesh, but they mean a man born naturally of human parents, who most clearly manifested to men the Christian idea of a perfect human character. Such a conception as this brings no solace to human hearts.

Berkeley William Randolph (1858–1925)

Rejoice with Trembling and Joy at Christ’s Birth

1 Chronicles 16:31; Psalm 96:1, 11; 98:4; Isaiah 12:5; 49:13; Luke 2:10–11

Christ is born; glorify Him. Christ from heaven; go out to meet Him. Christ on earth; be exalted. Sing unto the Lord all the whole earth. And that I may join both in one word: let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad, for Him who is of heaven and then of earth. Christ in the flesh: rejoice with trembling and with joy—with trembling because of your sins, with joy because of your hope.

Gregory of Nazianzus (ca. 329–389)

Renouncing the Works of the Flesh

Galatians 5:16–21; 2 Peter 1:4

Having obtained a share in the birth of Christ let us renounce the works of the flesh. Christian, acknowledge your dignity, and becoming a partner in the divine nature, refuse to return to the old baseness by degenerate conduct.

Leo the Great (ca. 400–461)

Salvation Was Ordained from the Beginning of the World

Genesis 3:15; Hebrews 1:1–2; 11:10, 13–16

It was no new counsel, no tardy pity whereby God took thought for men: but from the constitution of the world He ordained one and the same cause of salvation for all. For the grace of God, by which the whole body of the saints is ever justified, was augmented, not begun, when Christ was born. And this mystery of God’s great love, with which the whole world is now filled, was so effectively presignified that those who believed that promise obtained no less than they who were the actual recipients.

Leo the Great (ca. 400–461)

Sentiment and Symbolism Inseparable from Christmas

Isaiah 7:14; Luke 2:12

If you do not like sentiment and symbolism, you do not like Christmas; go away and celebrate something else.

G. K. Chesterton (1874–1936)[1

[1] Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2013). 300 Quotations and Prayers for Christmas. Lexham Press.

Glorious Light Born of the Father

Luke 2:14; John 1:9; 8:12; 9:5; 1 Corinthians 1:24; Philippians 2:6–11

O glorious Light born of the Father,

O bright Wisdom of God, brought forth of a virgin this night,

grant me devoutly and worthily to tender you thanks;

grant me to sing aloud to your name, reverently bow, humbly kneel, worshipfully adore

and with the holy angels solemnly to chant to you, “Glory in the highest.”

For praise and honor befit you, O Lord, Who did deign to be incarnate for our salvation.


Thomas à Kempis (ca. 1380–1471)

Grant That We May Daily Be Renewed

John 3:16; 1 John 4:9; Ephesians 4:23; Titus 3:5

Almighty God, who has given us your only begotten Son to take our nature upon Him, and as at this time to be born of a pure virgin,

grant that we being regenerate, and made your children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by your holy Spirit,

through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the same Spirit, ever one God, world without end.


Book of Common Prayer 1892

Grant That We May Purify Ourselves as the Son Is Pure

Titus 3:7; 1 John 3:2–3, 8

O God, whose blessed Son was manifested that He might destroy the works of the devil, and make us the sons of God and heirs of eternal life,

grant us, we ask you, that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves, even as He is pure:

that when He shall appear again with power and great glory, we may be made like unto Him in His eternal and glorious kingdom,

where with you, O Father, and you, O Holy Ghost, He lives and reigns, ever one God, world without end.


Book of Common Prayer 1892[1]

Anyone May Be Comforted, Except Those Who Do Not Want Comfort

Matthew 6:5; 11:8–9; 23:6; Mark 12:39; Luke 7:25–26; 11:43; 20:46

The silent infancy of Christ will not console the talkative; the tears of Christ will be no comfort to one given up to worldly enjoyments; the swaddling clothes of Christ will offer no attraction to those who are clad in soft garments; the stable and the crib will only repel the lovers of the first places in the synagogues.

Bernard of Clairvaux (1090–1153)[2]

John 1:1–5[3]

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Prayer 🌟

Prayer for Today:

“Heavenly Father, I want to see myself the way You see me. I don’t want to get my value from the culture I live in or the opinions of others. I want to know Your unconditional love in my heart so I can reflect it to others. Thank You that it isn’t my perfection, or the way I perform, that qualifies me in Your eyes. I accept Your unconditional love today”!

Amen 😔

Prayer ~ 💥

Prayer for Today: “Father, thank You for the gift of today. I chose to focus on the blessing of each moment instead of allowing the little things to steal my joy. Keep me close to You always as I submit every area of my heart and mind to You. Help me to recognize that each day is a gift, and that You want me to experience Your goodness in every moment. In Jesus’ name, Amen”!


Today’s Prayer ✨

Psalm 91 says, “I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge, my fortress, my God in Whom I will trust”. Then it lists all these great things that will happen. He will shield you from evil. He will rescue you from every trap. He’ll protect you from enemies. But then, a few verses later, it puts a condition on it. Verse 9 says, “If you say the Lord is your refuge and make Him your dwelling, then no harm will overtake you, then He’ll give His angels charge over you”. It doesn’t say if you believe He’s your refuge if you think He’s your shield. Something supernatural happens when you say it. “God, I want to thank You that You’re my protector. Thank You that You’re my provider, my healer, my way maker. Thank You that You’re bigger than what I’m facing. Thank You that You’re bringing my dreams to pass”. When you say it, the Creator of the Universe goes to work!


Prayer for Today:

Prayer for Today:

“Father, thank You for Your faithfulness in all seasons of my life.

I trust that I’m becoming everything that I’m supposed to be in this season, and I choose to remain faithful right now.

I submit my ways to You and trust that You have the best plan for my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen”!


Directions 🙏

Did you know that if you want your life to go in a certain path, you have to start thinking in that direction?

The scripture tells us in Proverbs that “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he”. That tells us that our life is going to go in the direction of our most notable thoughts, those thoughts that we allow to linger in our mind, such as an offense or a fear or a worry, and then drop down and take root in our heart. That is why the writer of Proverbs warns us: “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it”. If we’re going to become everything God intends us to be, we must take captive the thoughts that are playing in our mind, those thoughts that are ruling our life. We can’t afford to allow negative thoughts to push us around. We have to push our thoughts around. We want our life to go in the right direction, and that direction is dictated by the right thoughts. So we have to seriously guard what we’re thinking about.

Start propelling your life in the direction you want by the thoughts you’re thinking. If you need victory today, start thinking overcoming thoughts. If there are areas in your life where you feel defeated, you feel down, start thinking overcoming thoughts. Use the power of your thoughts and start saying, “If God is for me, who can be against me? Who would even dare to point a finger at me? Jesus overcame sin and death and the grave so I can overcome. God has called me ‘more than a conqueror in Christ Jesus”.

God has given you His Word and the power to think His thoughts and to create your life around those thoughts. You can’t control what anyone else does or says or thinks, but you can control what you think. You can control your attitudes. You can control the filters you use, and that’s the key. If your life is not going in the direction you want, push your thoughts in the direction you want. God says He wants to renew your mind and transform your life, and it can start now. The renewing and the transformation can take place as soon as you choose the right thoughts to think.

So let me encourage you today. Know that God is for you. He’s given you an outline of what you need to do. Create prospects in your mind. Don’t go out with an adverse filter. Don’t allow your thoughts to push you around anymore; rather, begin to push your thoughts around. Use the power of God’s Word to transform your thinking and guard your heart!


Prayer got the Day 🙌

Prayer for Today: “Heavenly Father, I believe You have given me the power to shine brightly everywhere I am.

When it seems dark and things get tough, give me the strength to be the light and shine in every situation.

I want to be a beacon of hope to a hurting world.

I know I can do this, as You help me”!

Amen 😌

Prayer for the day 🙏

Prayer for Today:

“Heavenly Father, thank You.

You have given me life and I never want to take that for granted.

I don’t want to be selfish and only think of my needs, but I want to be aware of those around me.

Lord, Your promises are true.

I declare that I am blessed and I will be a blessing everywhere I go, knowing I have everything I need to be good to people”!


Pray for all those suffering

Prayer for Today:

“Father in heaven, thank You for blessing my life in so many wonderful ways. Today, I release my unmet expectations and trust that You are ordering my steps.

Even when things don’t go my way, I choose to believe that You are at work in my life.

Help me to always see Your hand moving on my behalf.

In Jesus’ name. Amen”!

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Prayer for Today:

Prayer for Today: “Heavenly Father, today I choose to glorify You with my thoughts, attitudes, and actions. I take captive every thought and make it obedient to Your Word. I choose to bless others and extend grace to the people around me, knowing that You will extend Your grace to me in return. In Jesus’ Name, Amen”