For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Come with open ears, open minds, and open hearts. Come to receive the blessings God has in store for us this Christmas season.
God of hope and encouragement,
I come in the midst of this season of busyness and preparations:
to find a time and space to slow down, to reflect on what my true preparations should be.
I need to prepare my heart to receive the gifts of love and hope.
I need to prepare my mind to focus on your promise that a messiah will come and nothing will be the same.
I need to prepare my spirit: to praise God for prophecy, promises, and preparation;
to find hope and encouragement;
to find peace and joy.