It’s still early, my family is sleeping. It’s so quiet this morning. I just read the Christmas story from Luke 1 & 2, watched a 10 minute YouTube video clip from The Nativity Story, and I prayed for Immanuel (God is with us) to be with us-and with you, more this Christmas than any one before it. Now I’m sitting here not knowing what more to say. My family room has been hallowed with the awesomeness of this high holy day!
Last night, Emily and I watched about 30 minutes of the live Christmas Eve. Catholic Mass from the Vatican City… and it moved me. This morning, I woke up to the rebroadcast of some churches beautiful Christmas Eve. Service… and it moved me.
For some reason, Christmas this year feels like it’s happening for the very first time.
My Christmas Morning Prayer For You!
“Dear God, I pray for all my friends this Christmas morning… that you would hallow their homes and hallow their hearts… and that the ground they are sitting on would become holy ground… just like the ground you hallowed while speaking with Moses at the burning bush… and just like you hallowed the ground of that humble stable in the lowly village of Bethlehem!
I pray this December 25th would be for them, not just another Christmas of exchanging gifts and feasting with family… but that you would visit each of them as IMMANUEL… that YOU WOULD COME TO THEM just as you CAME INTO THE EARTH that first Christmas morning!
Good Father, bless my family and friends with a reality of your NEARNESS… cause every one of us to ENCOUNTER your son Jesus at various points throughout the entire day! I pray that every time our mind is at rest, that we will drift away with you… and feel your holy presence just as Mary & Joseph did 2000 years ago.
May today be the beginning of a NEW ERA for us all! May the significance of this Christmas 2009 be remembered for decades… as the time when God CAME and DWELT in our hearts in a far greater reality… and may we experience the fullness of this reality for 30 years or more! Open up a new portal of INCARNATION right now, in this generation! Give us a greater hunger for KNOWING YOU than any generation since the early church!
Christmas is here… this is it! And so I pray that we will seize the opportunity of a lifetime in the lifetime of the opportunity… and we will have the holiest, jolliest Christmas ever! In Jesus name I pray, amen!”
Here are the videos I watched… in case you want to show them to your family before prayer. I love you all more than I could ever express. Have a Merry Christmas… I will see some of you one SUNDAY MORNING @ Destiny Family Center for the greatest church service of your LIFE! God bless you all!
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