Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Morning Prayer Guide - Tuesday

December 25, 2012 – The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ: Christmas Day
Begin by praying the Collect for Grace and Collect for Purity.

Collect for Grace:
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us safely to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Collect for Purity:

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we might perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Morning readings: Isaiah 62:6-12, Psalm 97, Titus 3:4-7, and Luke 2:8-20
Evening readings: Isaiah 52:7-10, Psalm 98, Hebrews 1:1-4, and John 1:1-14

Sometimes we get so worked up over the fact that Jesus was a baby that we forget he was the Son of God.  St. John writes that he was made flesh and tabernacled among us.  That we beheld his glory.  That he was full of grace and truth.  Sure, the idea of a baby Jesus is sweet and sentimental.  But a baby is not to be feared.  A baby can be controlled.  A baby is helpless.  The Son of God is none of those things.  Grace and truth can be very scary things sometimes.  Seeing God’s glory shakes us to our core.  Christ came, not to be a sweet Christmas card, but to shake us to our core, to bid us to change and to follow him.

What things do you need to confess and change?  Talk to God about this.  You may find the following prayer helpful:

O God, you make us glad by the yearly festival of the birth of your only Son Jesus Christ: Grant that we, who joyfully receive him as our Redeemer, may with sure confidence behold him when he comes to be our Judge; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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