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December 2019

A Prayer at the End and Beginning of a Year

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Lord, give me I pray:

A remembering heart for the things that have happened

An attentive heart to what I have learned

A forgiving heart for what has hurt

A grateful heart for what has blessed

A brave heart for what may be required

An open heart to all that may come

A trusting heart to go forth with You

A loving heart for You and all your creation

A longing heart for the reconciliation of all things

A willing heart to say “Yes” to what You will.

The Politics of Jesus

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The Christmas season this year comes in the middle of a political season.  I very rarely comment on politics, but sometimes the Scripture I read seems to be so pertinent in offering a Christ-centered perspective on politics that I just have to pick it up.

So it was this morning when my daily devotional readings were two passages about the humility of Jesus our Lord.

Luke 2:4-7 is about Jesus being born in the most humble of circumstances, coming to a peasant family and a simple young woman, born not in a palace but in a manger.

Philippians 2:5-7 tells us that this same Jesus came as a servant, humbling himself even to death on a cross.

There is very little humility I have sensed so far among the various candidates.  There’s a lot more bragging of who is the best and brightest, and a lot of cutting down or even almost demonizing of the others.

Just politics?

Yes, but not the politics of Jesus.

We have all fallen short of the glory of God, and so I’m hoping and praying for someone who will show a modicum of genuine humility, of being willing to admit their own limitations (!!) and at least to listen to others.