Dear Lord -- Tomorrow is the day we celebrate the birth of Your Son, Jesus. I pray that I will not get caught up in all the excitement of gifts and Santa but focus on the true reason for the season. In Jesus' name, I pray.
Living in the country has its physical benefits. Today, being Saturday, I worked hard at collecting and organizing all the household garbage and recycling to bring to the dump. This is a small workout in itself and I'm glad to see a clean garage after I'm done.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, Who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God (2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NIV.)