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Monday Morning Prayer

When You Face Holiday/Family Gatherings

“Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”
Luke 23:34a

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another.  Forgive as the Lord forgave you.  And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as memebers of one body you were called to peace.”
Colossians 3:13-15a

Personalize these verses: Replace “your” and “you” with “my” and “me.”
Proclaim these verses: Read them slowly aloud several times.
Ponder these verses:  Reflect on them. Which words, phrases, or images encourage you most today? Wait. Listen. Allow God to speak to your heart. Record your thoughts.

From Longing for a Child, Kathe Wunnenberg

I thought this prayer was most appropriate for the season we are in.  Holidays can be a difficult and dreadful time for many, especially if you are suffering with infertility or infant loss.  You dream of ‘what could’ve have been’, you ponder what family traditions you would make with your children, ‘if only you had children of your own.’ What one thinks would be a light-hearted joyous occasion is a led-weighted heart.

I want to encourage you to focus on “Jesus” the gift for this season and for all eternity. Pour out your heart in prayer to Him.  He will be there to help you through the Holidays and even beyond!

Can you just trust me on this one?  Just know I am praying for you too!


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