For the Times

Dear Christmas People,

In my opinion, William Barclay was the greatest Old Testament theologian of his generation. His Christmas prayer is one we may each want to cut out and place among the devotional tools we use each Christmas season.

“O God, our Father, bless those for whom there is little joy this Christmas time. Bless those who are aged and alone and who have no one left to remember them. Bless those who are poor and who are hurt by their poverty, not just for their sakes but for the sake of the gifts they long to give but cannot. Bless those who are ill and who must spend this time of joy in pain. Bless those who are far from home and far from friends and who are lonely and homesick amongst strangers in a strange place. Bless those who feel their loneliness and their loss more keenly in this time of fellowship and joy.

O God, our Father, send your Spirit amongst us this Christmas time. Make this a time when those who have quarreled will be reconciled again. Make this a time when those who have drifted apart will find each other again. Make this a time when sons and daughters who rebelliously left home will come home again to find a welcome waiting for them.

O God, our Father, at Christmas time we give you thanks for your greatest and your best gift, for Jesus Christ our Lord. We thank you that he who is the King of Glory entered into a humble home and took our common life upon him that he might make us what he is and that we in him might become your sons and daughters. Grant that at Christmas time Jesus Christ may be born again within the heart of each of us.”   William Barclay

For further reflection see Isaiah 9:2-7, and Luke 2.

Prayers: Let us heed the often heard command of the Angels to “fear not,” that we might love lavishly.

Peter Mayer will be with us at God’s Grace Community Church (GGCC) January 30 & 31st. Ponder the friends you might invite.

Let us prepare to hear the Angels sing.

Merry Christmas,
Pastor David J. Jensen


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