There are a lot of awesome things about growing up in a Christian family. Knowing you are grounded in your faith and having been steeped in the routines of it for a lifetime is a huge blessing. However, it can also mean that these routines can become rote or we take them for granted. Christmas carols can easily fall into this category. Especially if you are someone like me who has a pretty decent memory.
A LAMENT FROM THE PEOPLE... So here we are, God. Our calendars tell us it's Advent and that we're to be celebrating. But frankly, God - and forgive our complaining - or perhaps it's truth-telling - but one quick look around the globe and the conflict and killing and the cruel way we treat each other - and it just reminds us how busted we are. We read the newspapers in the morning and the headlines
Father-God, We tear down these idols in our lives, only to find that they have returned again and again. We fight against what we want to do and find that we end up doing the very things we don’t want to do. We look at the way we sacrifice for financial gain and self promotion. We may speak the words of generosity and simplicity but sometimes we just want more and better. We’re tired. We
Let us pray.. Lord God, let the glow from your promises light the lives Of all the people here who are feeling tired and discouraged. Remind them of your touch and the sound of your voice. We have been too busy to sit with you, Too anxious to follow or put our lives into your care. Lord, may this season fulfill in our hearts The promise of his saving presence And redeem us