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Friday, December 2, 2016

Pray for Families (True Christmas Preparation)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

Do you feel it…all the pressure to be ready for the “holidays”?  Perhaps you heap certain expectations upon yourself? Upon your family? Do you become consumed with what you need to do, buy, bake, decorate, ship, and complete to be ready for Christmas? Are you exhausted by Christmas and end up feeling anything but joyful?

Extricate yourself from the cultural rapids of endless Christmas preparation and securely place yourself into the calm waters of Advent through reading, meditation, and contemplation, for Advent is a time of anticipation of what’s to come and the self-preparation of our soul to receive the ultimate Gift.

Delay the hanging of Christmas lights, until you first take time to meditate on the Light that came into the world at Christ’s birth. 

I am the light of the world.  John 8:12

Rather than consuming yourself with Christmas preparations, contemplate the Blessed Mother’s preparation for the birth of Jesus. Then read the gospel of Luke, Chapters 1 & 2.

“Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Luke 1:38

Rather than buying endless gifts, reflect on the true gift of Christ’s birth. 

“Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.”  Luke 2:10

Praise God for the amazing gift of His Son and the gift of family.

“Glory to God in the highest!”  Luke 2:14

As a family, find ways to imitate Christ: adopt a person or family that you can provide gifts, food, or companionship to over the holidays.

He has… lifted up the lowly. The hungry he has filled with good things; the rich he has sent away empty.  Luke 1:52-53

Rather than fretting about the perfect gift for each family member, give them the gift of your prayers.

Pray without ceasing.  1 Thessalonians 5:17

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Propagate the peace found only in Him. Pass it on!