Occasionally, we will reprint prior devotions. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on December 2, 2013.
Reading: Psalm 24: 7-10 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Prayers for this holiday season:
In the hustle and bustle of the coming weeks, let us not forget what this season is all about: the birthday of a savior, in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger—Emmanuel, God with us. And in this holiday season and the coming year, may you guide us like you guided the three wisemen who followed a star so long ago. In the newborn King’s name we pray. Amen.
Help us in this holiday season to have Christmas spirit—the spirit of giving, the spirit of friendship and family, and the spirit of believing in your son, Christ Jesus, who came to us. In the coming days, help us to prepare with anticipation for the babe who came to earth to rescue us from sin; the babe who would die on a cross for us; the babe who would give us eternal life. In His name we pray, Amen.
Christmas Prayer (Author Unknown)
In a manger Jesus lies;
Angels praise Him in the skies.
Shepherds kneel before Him Low,
To the stable let us go.
Light of Heaven and Morning Star
Little Jesus, thine we are.
Lead us as thy very own
To the Father’s shining throne.
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