Philippians 4:4-7 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
This week for Advent we light along with the first candle for hope, the second candle for peace.
The Coca-Cola chugging, cookie noshing, fat old jolly Saint Nick of today, is different than the Saint Nicholas, from which so much of the folklore arrives to us today....
“The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God.” Luke 1-28-30
Just breathe.... breathing in and breathing out
26 “So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.”.
“And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors...”
“Give us today our daily bread...”
All Saints Day Prayer