A Christmas prayer

Dear Lord,

I want to thank you for Your many blessings. I thank You for my immediate family and my extended Chester family. Though it has been a difficult year for many, I thank You for the peace and freedom that we have. I want to take a moment to lift up to You the men and women that are serving in our Armed Forces. I pray that You will bless each one of them, especially those that will not be able to be with their families this year. I pray for their protection, as some are in harm’s way. I pray for the families, that You will watch over and bless them.

I pray for my brother in the Lord, whom I just learned has prostate cancer. Thank You that his love for You, and his faith are strong, but greater still is Your love for us. Guide him and his family through the days ahead. I also lift up Wayne and Peggy, as Wayne fights the toughest battle of his life. There are so many that need Your strength and healing power in their lives. I pray that people everywhere would put their trust in You.

I lift up our firefighters, police officers, and medics. May You watch over them and their families. Protect them as they seek to protect us. Bless them.

I pray for a spiritual awakening in our land. As we celebrate the birth of Your Son, may we honor You this holiday season by the way that we reach out to our neighbors. Give us opportunities to serve, and show Your love. May Christmas truly be more about You and putting others higher than ourselves. Give us Your heart for the nations. I lift up specifically the Pedi people of South Africa, and I lift up all people groups around the world. I pray that Your joy and peace may rest upon them, as I pray that it will rest upon us.

Lord, I give You all praise and honor. I lift up each person that reads this article, praying that You will lead us. May we seek to know You in a greater way. I pray that You will bless our community. Help us to change the things in our lives that need changing.

In the precious and holy name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,

Amen

I would like to invite each of you to Christmas on the Green, December 22 at 6 p.m.. You might want to bring a blanket or a lawn chair. Merry Christmas everyone!       

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