‘Tis the season for cards with glitter, fanciful fonts, colorful illustrations, heart warming sentiments, family portraits and proclamations of the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. When I return from the mailbox, I carefully remove the cards from each envelope and place the envelope in a drawer. This is a great way for me to keep up with address changes in my primitive little address book. I love displaying the Christmas cards we receive around our home. This has become a daily decorating ritual for me and I look forward to it. This year, as the flood of Christmas cards come into our home, I have decided to try something new. Instead of putting those envelopes in the drawer, they are going in a pile on our dining table. I plan to add these individuals and families to my daily prayers…and am going to get the family involved too. The Christmas season can be a hectic one and it’s easy to allow my thoughts to wander from gift idea to Christmas party and back to travel plans in a matter of seconds. I need to make a more conscious effort to focus on family and friends this season; To return some love in the form of prayer to the senders of these cards. To ask for healing for those who may be sick or injured….to pray for those who do not know Christ….to pray for broken families or friendships…for God’s blessings, mercy, grace and instruction in their lives.
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people.
1 Timothy 2:1-6 NIV