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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Sunday Words of Encouragement December 16, 2012

The Third Week of Advent symbolizes JOY!
I know this is a time of sorrow for the traumatic events of this past week. At all times I am grateful that I know God is in control, that children are special to Him and that He is always with us to see us through the worst troubles.

Advent - Third Week:
Preparing our Hearts and asking for Grace
We prepare this week by feeling the joy.  We move through this week feeling a part of the waiting world that rejoices because our longing has prepared us to believe the reign of God is close at hand. And so we consciously ask:

Prepare our hearts
and remove the sadness
that hinders us from feeling
the joy and hope
which his presence
will bestow.


This is a different version of Joy to the World
with some interesting images!
Verses for Today:
Luke 2:8-12
8And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christa the Lord. 12This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 

I pray for the pain and comfort of those who lost loved ones this past week, particularly through the tragedy in Connecticut. I pray that they may find peace through God's comforting gifts. 

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