Dear Lord Jesus,
I praise you for the gift of a new week in your grace. Thank you for the opportunity to remember in this season of joy that every good and perfect gift comes from you. It fills my heart with gratitude for all You have accomplished for me by Your birth, life, death, and resurrection. In this season of gift giving, I want to stop and remember the gifts of Christian leaders and witnesses you have a place in my life and the life of Your Church. The writer of Hebrews reminds us, “7Remember your leaders who taught you the word of God. Think of all the good that has come from their lives, and follow the example of their faith.
8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. 9 So do not be attracted by strange, new ideas. Your strength comes from God’s grace, not from rules about food, which don’t help those who follow them. Hebrews 13:7-9
So often we forget the faithful saints who have gone before us like, Ambrose of Milan, Jerome, Tertullian, Augustine, and the one we remember most this time of year St. Nicholas, a devout Christian who served as Bishop of Myra, known for his generous heart as he cared for those in need.
It is with great joy I remember the true faithful saints you’ve woven into the salvation story. May I remember the heroes you’ve given me. The men and women whose humility makes the gospel incarnational and beautiful to me and others. We remember those fragile jars of clay You used to store the most precious treasure of truth and life everlasting. Lord may you use me to be a faithful saint that point people to You and your work of salvation. I ask this in Jesus precious name, Amen.
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