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Entered By: Paula
Entry Date: 2014-12-18 07:58:22
Subject: Advent Day 18

 This advent I am more aware of the gift of forgiveness, which is the gift of life.  I am more aware of His perfect parenting, in which He blesses me tenderly and unconditionally.  Oh how I want to give those gifts to those around me.  

Today's readings are:

Jeremiah 23:5-8, Psalm 72, and Matthew 1:18-25.

In reading I just sat and thought how I can't even imagine life before forgiveness.  I can't imagine life without the gift of Jesus, the promised King and Savior.  We have been given the prize, the treasure, life.  Can we fathom what we have?  And then Joseph in Matthew.  What if he hadn't obeyed God?  He got a glimpse of the big picture, the story of life, the greater good for humanity rather than just himself at the moment.  Do I make my decisions based on obedience and the the larger picture of God's greater justice?  

To the Lord Jesus Christ, judge of the living dead, 
let us pray:
    Come, Lord Jesus! 

Lord Jesus, you came to save sinners,
- protect us in times of temptation.

You will come in glory to be our judge,
- show in us your power to save.

Help us to keep the precepts of your law with the strength
    of the Spirit,
- and to look forward in love to your coming.

You are praised throughout the ages; in your mercy help
    us to live devoutly and temperately in this life,
- as we wait in joyful hope for the revelation of your

of the House of Israel, 
who appeared to Moses in the flame of the burning bush 
and gave him the law on Sinai: 
Come, and redeem us with outstretched arms.

Closing Prayer: 
Oh, Adonai, dearest Lord, 
Compassionate God of justice, 
so many areas of my life seem imprisoned 
but you promise me real freedom 
and peace in my life.

Renew my spirit and free my soul. 
Please, open my heart 
which you have bathed in the longing of Advent.

I am awe-struck as your glory fills the earth 
and I want to follow you in caring for others. 
Grant me the grace to see 
how you shine your light on the poor 
who have such a special place in your heart.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel 
Shall come to thee, O Israel

Bless His name, 

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