Daily Devotion for December 26, 2009
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.
Prayer for the Morning
Oh Lord, most heavenly Father, Almighty and everlasting God, who has safely brought me to the beginning of this day; I give you thanks for my creation, preservation, and all the blessings of my life. Grant that this day I fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of danger; but that all my doings, being governed by your will, may be righteous in your sight. Through Christ our Lord, I pray.
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is,
not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Think of the day ahead in terms of God with you, and visualize health, strength, guidance, purity, calm confidence, and victory as the gifts of His presence.
1 Peter 5:1-7
I counsel the older people among you — and I am old myself, old enough to have witnessed the suffering of Christ and to have been a part of the glory that will be seen again — I counsel you, feed the flock of God which is among you, and oversee them. Don't force them to follow orders, but lead those who follow willingly. Don't bribe them with money, but tend to those who have a ready mind;. And don't exert your leadership forcefully, as a lord empowered by God's heritage, but rather, lead by being examples to the flock. Do this, and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive honor that will never fade.
In the same vein, the younger people should follow their elders. In fact, all of you must be subject to each other, and be clothed with humility; for "God resists the proud, and gives grace to the humble." So you should be humble under the mighty hand of God, so that He exalts you when the time is ripe; cast all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you.