Daily Prayer & Reading December 2
December 2 , 2018
First Sunday of Advent
Lord, as I prepare for the upcoming Christmas celebration, help me to remember the true meaning of the season…Jesus. I often get overwhelmed with shopping lists and decorating, forgetting to slow down and appreciate the gift of the Christ Child to the world. Help me to remember that Christmas is not about finding the perfect gift, but about making time to share with my loved ones. Amen.
Luke 21:25-28, 34-36
Jesus said to his disciples:
“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars,
and on earth nations will be in dismay,
perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves.
People will die of fright
in anticipation of what is coming upon the world,
for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
And then they will see the Son of Man
coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
But when these signs begin to happen,
stand erect and raise your heads
because your redemption is at hand.
“Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy
from carousing and drunkenness
and the anxieties of daily life,
and that day catch you by surprise like a trap.
For that day will assault everyone
who lives on the face of the earth.
Be vigilant at all times
and pray that you have the strength
to escape the tribulations that are imminent
and to stand before the Son of Man.”