For unto us a Child is born,

Unto us a Son is given;

And the government will be upon His shoulder.

And His name will be called

Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6


Bells are ringing

children singing

peace on earth

goodwill to men.


Lights are glowing

snow is falling

peace on earth

goodwill to men.


Joy is spreading

Love has come with

peace on earth

goodwill to men.


~Marcie Bridges
©7 December 2019



Dearest Jesus,


Some of us are not at all feeling prepared for Christmas. For whatever the reasons, our trees are not up twinkling and bright. Decorations are still packed away in boxes, waiting for their moment to emerge back to life. The anticipation of the season wore thin the minute the word “Christmas” was uttered. Lord, our lives are feeling a bit overwhelmed and rushed by the hustle and bustle that is to come, or maybe, already here.


So, we ask You Lord today, to come. Come be with us. As Your name, Emmanuel — God with us — promises. We ask You to remove our fear. Our fear of not being enough. Not having enough. Not doing enough. Remove from our hearts the stone that is forming, hardening us to the wonder of the season. Help us to remember what this is really all about. You. Jesus.


Bring us the peace of goodwill toward men we long for Lord. We know that ultimately, this peace will not become reality until the day You come in glory and splendor to overcome the Evil One. But, You promise to give us a peace that passes all understanding and we surely could use that peace right now.


Help us to know that even though it is fun to have the decorations, lights, trees, and presents and baking food to fill our bellies full of goodness; there is so much more to Christmas. Help us to remember that with You, we can have Christmas each and every day because You are Emmanuel, God with us. God in us. No matter how frustrated we may become, help us to find peace in You and only You.


May we find our lips praising You and singing Christmas carols from the top of our lungs. May we give to others with abandon. You are still doing miracles. May we see each and every miracle You place before us, through us, and within us.


Thank You for sending us Your son, Jesus. Thank You for sending us Your Holy Spirit. Dwelling among us. Dwelling within us. Emmanuel.


From My Heart to Yours,


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