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Daily Devotion for December 23, 2017


<i>Nativity</i> by Giotto, ca. 1311.
Nativity by Giotto, ca. 1311.

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Lord's Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.

Amen.



Prayer for God's Gifts

Oh Lord and Master of my life, take away from me the spirit of laziness, cowardliness, lust for power, and malicious and idle speech. But rather give me, throughout the day to come, an ample spirit of vitality and force in your service, to the benefit of your glory and the good of my fellow man. Let me act in humility, patience, and decency at all times, seeing my own error and overlooking the faults of others; and let me always know the presence of your Holy Spirit, to remind me of what I have asked, in the name of my savior Jesus Christ,

Amen.

For Those Making All Kinds of Journeys

I  pray for all who will be making journeys today and during the Christmas holiday: For those who travel to spend time with family and friends; For those who are going to a new job and for those who are going to work for the last time today; For the emergency services who will travel at high speed on land, water or in the air, to bring help to others; For those starting a new life as they move into a new home; For those travelling to or from prison; For people who will go into hospital today; For young people on their way to and from school, college and university; For those who are lost on the journey of life; For those who will die today and make their final journey. I remember all these people now, and ask your blessing upon them, Lord.

Amen.

Parting Prayer

Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip me with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in me what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever.

Amen.


(Additional prayers may be found at Prayers for All Occasions.)
God be with you 'til we meet again.

Today’s “Remember the Bible” Question

What two Bible verses famously start with the words, “In the beginning . . . .”

Answer Genesis 1:1 and John 1:1



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C. S. Lewis Christmas quote

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John 1:1-14 (New King James Version)

The Word Becomes Flesh
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n the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.

All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shined in the darkness, and the darkness comprehended it not.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.

He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.



Notes on the Scripture

Christ became man 2000 years ago, but saying he was “born” on Christmas Day is true in only one sense. He was born of woman on Christmas, made flesh and blood, a fully human part of our world; but He existed at the beginning of time. John tells us that in the beginning, He was with God, and He was God.

In the beginning
Orion Nebula; it looks as if a figure
of Christ is rising above the chaos.

This is one of the most powerful passages in the Bible. It is a bit hard to understand, because it is philosophical and poetic, so it benefits from repeated reading, reflection, and meditation. Like all great poetry, it is not made to be read straight through quickly; it is made to be read time and time again.

It parallels Genesis 1:1, even starting with the same phrase, “In the beginning.” The first sentence establishes two of the great tenets of Christianity. The “Word” is Christ. Thus, this passage tells us initially that Christ existed from the beginning of time. Secondly, it establishes the mystery of the Holy Trinity, by the perplexing statement, “the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” How can Christ be with God, yet be God? It defies human logic.

This is John’s Christmas story. Just as Matthew and Luke begin with detailed accounts of the physical, historical way in which Jesus was born, John tells the story of how Christ came to be with us in a theological sense. He tells the story from backstage, instead of the audience, that we might fully appreciate that Christmas was the day when “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.”



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Today in Daily Prayer


Memory Verse

Philippians 2:6-7 (DP): Although He existed in the form of God, Christ did not retain equality with God, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant and being made in the likeness of men.


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Pat Betterton (Qatar) says...
It seems the right time to thank you for this beautiful space to pray and reflect in. It makes my life richer.
23rd December 2017 11:25pm
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Lotte Lawrence (Surfers Paradise, Australia) says...
Thank you, Mason, for all that you do - encountering Daily Prayer was one of the best things that happened for me in 2017. It has become a part of my daily ritual and I deeply appreciate the effort and time that you out into making this available to us every day.
May you have a wonderful and blessed Cristmas.
23rd December 2017 5:36pm
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Kathleen R Engel (North Port, US) says...
God bless you and yours this Christmas season. May the peace of Christ be with us all in the New Year.
23rd December 2017 8:24am
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Sylvia Wright (US) says...
I love this site. It uplifts and comforts me during difficult times in my life. I also enjoy the daily devotion, and look forward to reading it each day. Merry Christmas and God blessing to all.
23rd December 2017 6:29am
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Mike (Richmond, US) says...
I worship on this site every day and never miss a day. Jesus is coming soon, there is too much wickedness in this world, and it is getting worse every day. People are greedy, and have forgot Jesus. As I look around and see how people are in such a hurry, and greedy to get ahead of everyone else, I say to myself, what a beautiful day that will be, when the Lord returns to earth ..Amen ....
23rd December 2017 8:30pm
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Nola Moore (Geelong, Australia) says...
SmileThis is our God, the servant king. We sing his praises forever
23rd December 2017 5:16am
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Kimberly McCullum-Elliott (US) says...
Beautiful rendition of Silent Night.

Merry Christmas and Blessings to all.
22nd December 2017 3:46pm
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linda sharp (winnipeg canada) says...
I agree with you Stella.Love this site never miss a day reading it.I also like the notes on scripture.while I think I am understandind it, mason always teaches me something I've missed.Prayers, music the entire site is a blessing.
22nd December 2017 10:05am
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Stella (US) says...
I love this site, it brings me comfort and peace and often helps calm me when I am anxious and worried about situations in my life, The prayers in the Daily Devotion are beautiful. I also enjoy reading the Daily Inspiration stories so much. Thank you MASON! You clearly put your heart and soul into educating and nourishing our spiritual lives. God bless you and all your staff and Merry Christmas!
22nd December 2017 9:05am
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