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In the Word
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (John 1:1).
Of the Word
The Christmas tree sparkles with twinkling lights, the aromas coming from the kitchen are heavenly, and the laughter of loved ones rings through the house. How sweet to enjoy the company of family and friends and to talk the hours away at Christmas time!
The birth of Jesus is God's voice of love to us. We hear it in the words of the Bible and experience it in the Sacraments. This is not a one-way conversation, though! God graciously invites us to speak to Him in prayer, thanking Him for the blessings He has brought into our lives and confessing to Him the burdens of our hearts. Through Jesus Christ, God opens His ears to us, hearing our requests and listening to our voices of worship and praise.
The time we spend hearing God speak to us in His Word and responding to Him in prayer is time spent in the company of our heavenly Father. It's the heartwarming, sweet, comforting, and strengthening conversation we can have every day of the year.
Walking with my Lord
Heavenly Father, I come to You in thanksgiving for sending Your Word into the world in the person of Jesus Christ. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Mustard Seed: The Joy of Christmas. 9/32 Author: Patricia Mitchell. ©2011 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org
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