3Then Jesus told them this parable:(A)4 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?(B)5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6 and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.
Thank you for your unending, ever-flowing, compassionate and faithful love toward us your sheep. Even when one of us goes astray, your love calls out to us with the most beautiful love song. The way you rejoice when one is brought back to the fold is so beautiful. Thank you for giving us a heart for the lost, even when it’s not a popular or easy thing to do. May more of us have a heart like yours, in Jesus name. Amen.
20Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. 21 And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”
Thank you for loving us enough to want the very best for us. When we are headed in a direction that is dangerous, thank you for loving us enough to change our direction, even if we kick and scream.
Thank you for loving us enough that when you see “dis-ease” in us you want to remove it and correct the problem. The scalpel of God is painful, but it is necessary to save our lives. We understand that the REMOVAL of the disease of pride, anger, greed, hatred or any other thing, that keeps us away from the will of God is the most loving thing God could do, no matter what the cost.
Father God we repent and ask you to heal our heart and our lives. We want our response to be like your servant Job’s when he said, “Blessed be the name of the Lord.” Give us the kind of heart, Lord, that no matter what comes, we can say, “Thank You,” because we know that you are working things out for our Good. In Jesus name, Amen.
9All the nations—and you made each one—will come and bow before you, Lord, and praise your great and holy name. 10 For you are great and do great miracles. You alone are God.
11 Tell me where you want me to go and I will go there. May every fiber of my being unite in reverence to your name. 12 With all my heart I will praise you. I will give glory to your name forever, 13 for you love me so much! You are constantly so kind! You have rescued me from deepest hell.
Dear Heavenly Father,
We open our mouths this morning and give you all the praise, glory, and honor that is due your name. We thank you Father for your steadfast love and faithfulness toward us. We lift our hands, in worship, to You in the heavens. Continuously keep our hearts faithfully turned toward you, in the name of Jesus we to pray. Amen.
7 The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. 8 The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. 9 The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous.
10They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb. 11 By them your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward. 12 But who can discern their own errors? Forgive my hidden faults. 13 Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then I will be blameless, innocent of great transgression.
14May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.
Precious Heavenly Father,
We thank you for continually stretching and molding us to your will. May our response always be, “Yes,” when you have need of us. May our motivation be pure and led by love and not fear. We glorify your name and thank you for your most precious gift, Jesus Christ our Lord, Savior and Redeemer. It is in His name that we lift this prayer to you. Amen.
20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.
We glorify your name today. Each day, each morning, is a new chance to bring praises to you. May our love for you be also manifested in our love for our fellow man. Each person is our brother and sister. Lord, allow our love to make the News, instead of hate. Let forgiveness be our binder and grace be our glue. They will know we are yours by our love. Awaken our hearts to who we truly are in You, in Jesus name, Amen.
A precious member of our church called me yesterday to check on me and to let me know about several church members that have passed on and transitioned to heaven. My husband and I sit in the section of the church with the senior members, because we love their wisdom, their worship, and their willingness to lead others in the right way.
When we do return to church and sit where we normally do, our hearts will break not seeing those lovely faces. Today, I honor them and tell them “Thank You” for all you shared while you were on this earth. You changed our lives. It was a joy to worship the King with you. I look forward to seeing you again.
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
Thank you so much for your faithfulness and love toward us. During this time of the year the world celebrates the ultimate gift you gave the world. May the Gift that truly never stops giving be celebrated even more this year, as the world cries out for hope, in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord, Savior and Holy Gift. Amen.