Friday, December 06, 2013

My Christmas List

Merry Christmas on this cold morning! I have my Christmas list ready for you. Get as many of them as you want. Send as many as you like. You might even find something on the list that you can re-gift to others. Maybe you will want to take the list and copy it for yourself. Ready? Here we go:

1. Prayer

That's it. My whole list this year. I wonder if that fat fellow in the red suit deals in this stuff? Wrap it however you like, and I'll prepare a gift for you in the same manner.

It is easy for us to focus on the things; that stuff that we need or think we need. Jesus told us to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and the things we worry about will be added to us. The way to seek the kingdom of God, at least until I discover a better one, is in prayer. We can pray for one another, pray for ourselves, our country, the world, and even people we don't know. Prayer is available without cost or obligation, and God is eagerly waiting to hear from you and me. There is no waiting line for prayer, and no closing time on the prayer store. We can send our Christmas gift prayers from work, school, or from our homes. Churches are good places to find a selection of gift prayers. The Spirit dwelling in you will help too.

Is this a simple gift? By no means! We will need the help and intercession of God's Spirit to get a really good gift prayer for each other. Prayer requires time and effort when done well, but the gift can also be given on the fly during a busy day. Prayer is easy on light wallets, but requires a surplus of love. Prayer is far more effective than any of the things we might buy with a fortune in money. The poorest person can give prayers away for no money down. The rich person can buy useful things, but nothing can match the usefulness of a good prayer gift. Best of all, we can all afford to give more than once.

Rejoice in the birth of God's Son!

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