December 25, 2017: Christmas in My Heart

Lord Jesus, Who came as newborn Savior To dwell with us on Earth, In Your love, may I find favor, Hope, joy, and blessing through Your birth. Heralded by angel chorus Yet in a manger laid, In Your abiding love for us, May I share Christmas peace this day. Inviting us to journey Like magi from afar, In Your love, O Lord most holy, May I seek You with all my heart. Amen.

December 24, 2017: Christmas Eve Prayer

Shepherds kept watch On a most holy night. Lord, our Shepherd, in your watchful care, Please keep me in Your holy Light. Angels appeared, God’s glory to proclaim. Lord, our Shepherd, I join now in praise, For You know us each by name. The magi went To Bethlehem in haste. Lord, our Shepherd, when I have not seen, I ask for blessing in my faith. Amen.

December 23, 2017: Journeying with the Holy Family

Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph, Please pray for all who are wondering now About the timing of events in their lives. May anxiety turn to celebration of Jesus’ birth, Wherever they may be. Please pray, too, for travelers, That their journeys will be safe; And for the homeless in need of shelter these nights, That at least small comforts will be theirs. All of the prayers I have in my heart, I bring to you today, Filled with hope that you will intercede for me With your beloved Son, Jesus.

December 22, 2017: Precious Time

Gracious Father, In this Advent time, may I see more clearly That you created me with purpose in Your plan. Thank You for giving me the time to serve You By helping others in whatever ways I can. Amen.

December 21, 2017: Prayer with Christmas Near

Loving Lord Jesus, With the celebration of Christmas Now nearly at hand, May your abiding love be felt By people in every land. You came for all the world, Inviting us to believe; May the Christmas love You give Be joyfully received. You came as Savior, To teach new ways of seeing; May I welcome You this Christmas In my deepest being. Amen.

December 20, 2017: Advent Joy

Lord, my Savior, May the light of Your love shine Within my heart awaiting The celebration of Your birth And fill me with hope unfading. Amen.

December 19, 2017: Preparing for Christmas

Lord Jesus, The celebration of Your birth is near; Help me to draw nearer to You. You came to share our humanity; Come into my heart anew. Advent is a time of waiting But of preparation, too. Thank You for this moment Which I give with love to You. Amen.

December 18, 2017: Prayer at the Christmas Tree

God, our Father, Who promised descendants To number as stars in the sky, I join with the angelic choir Giving praise and glory on high. Lord Jesus, Born unto the world, Heralded by a star above, Lamb of God and Shepherd for us, I rejoice in Your light and love. Holy Spirit, Who is with us always, That faith may shine for all to see, I pray that hope may be renewed By the light of this Christmas tree. Amen.

December 17, 2017: Nearer to That Joyful Day

As Mary and Joseph traveled, Knowing that Your birth was near, May I never cease to seek You And rejoice to find You here. Amen.

December 16, 2017: Jesus, with Us Always

Lord Jesus, You are with us always; may I never ignore Your love. You guide us through Your Holy Spirit; may I be open to grace in all that I do. You are our awaited Savior; may I always be prepared to welcome You. You are in people all around us; may I unfailingly see You. Amen.

December 15, 2017: Rekindled Faith in You

Loving Savior, Through the blessings of this holy time, May rekindled faith in You Bring rejoicing that You have come To light our world with hope renewed. Amen.

December 14, 2017: Prayer for the Gift of Peace

Lord, In this time of devotion and prayer, I ask for grace to receive The peace that comes from You alone, Your gift to those who believe. Amen.

December 13, 2017: Advent Preparation

Lord Jesus, During this Advent time of waiting, In my heart, may I prepare To welcome You on Christmas Day And Your love find ways to share. Amen.

December 12, 2017: Hope, Joy, and Peace

Lord, our Savior, In joy-filled anticipation, I come to You in prayer, Filled with renewed hope in the love You came to share. On this Advent journey, remembering Your birth, May I find through faith in You the gift of peace on Earth. Amen.

December 11, 2017: Light for All to See

May candles on the Advent wreath and lights on the Christmas tree Remind me that You are Light for the world, Shining here and for eternity. Amen.

December 10, 2017: Make Me a Humble Servant

Heavenly Father, In Your loving and gracious plan for me, Help me never to go astray, Following Jesus in humility, Who from His birth showed me the way. Amen.

December 09, 2017: Prayer with the Virgin Mary

Blessed Virgin Mary, handmaid of the Lord, please join me as I pray that I will serve Him well and yet hand Jesus the burdens He longs to take away. Amen.

December 08, 2017: To Be Like Mary

Lord, when Your will is shown to me, As to the Virgin Mary, May I answer, “Let it be done,” And treasure the blessings that come to be. Wherever I may journey, As did the Virgin Mary, May my words reflect to others The gift of Your love growing within me. You were born unto the world As to the Virgin Mary, May I turn to You in faith, my Savior, Like a child reaching up in need. Searching anxiously for You As did Joseph and Mary, May I come to where You are found, Although at times I somehow fail to see. When I bring concerns to You, As did the Virgin Mary, May I heed the words at Cana To do in faith whatever You tell me. Amen.

December 07, 2017: Advent Joy

O Loving Lord, As I await Christmas celebration, May I draw closer to you. In this time of preparation, Please guide all that I do. May I wait with glad anticipation, As a child, hopeful and excited. Please grant me affirmation In each Advent candle lighted. May belief be the punctuation In all the tidings that I voice. Please be my strength and animation, Savior in whose love I rejoice. Amen.

December 06, 2017: Spirit of Giving

Saint Nicholas, Giver of God’s gifts and His helping hand, Please pray that children will eagerly receive The spirit of giving You help us to know, Rooted in faith and generosity. Amen.

December 05, 2017: Always in His Love

Heavenly Father, I give You thanks and praise, Joining with the saints and angels above. I pray to fulfill all You ask of me here And then to live forever in Your love. Amen.

December 04, 2017: In Time of Waiting

Loving Savior, In this season of preparation, Please help me never to be too busy To notice Your promptings in my life. Like Mary and Joseph, Help me to journey forward At times when I would rather stay put. Like the Shepherds, Help me to seek You, Even in unlikely places where You are found. When Christmas comes, Please be with me as I rejoice In all the ways You come into my life. Amen.

December 03, 2017: As Advent Begins

Lord, in this Advent season, May I wait with hope renewed, For Your birth gave every reason To have faith in You. In this time of preparation, May I grow in readiness To share Your gentleness and patience, Signs of Your love for us. The candles on an Advent wreath Remind me that You are light; May I have faith that all I need Is already in Your sight. Amen.

December 02, 2017: In Communion of Faith

Blessed Virgin Mary, holy Mother of God, I ask You to join me today in prayer, Filled with gratitude that, with the Lord, We are one in communion of faith. When I’m not quite sure what God desires of me, May greater awareness be His gift. Because I am imperfect, May I, in sorrow, humbly seek forgiveness. In the future choices that I make, May the Holy Spirit be my guide. Holy Mary, please pray that we will meet In heaven’s glorious eternity. Amen.

December 01, 2017: In the Lord’s Abiding Love

Lord, thank You for inviting me to follow You And for the times You wait for me to catch up. Learning from You, may I be patient with others, A visible sign of the love You envelop. Amen.

November 30, 2017: When Days are Hard

Lord, many things can make days hard. In loneliness, stark as an empty chair, Please bring me peaceful solitude. With yet another piece of paperwork to do, Please write Your love again on my heart. When the weather makes me cry, “Enough,” Please calm the storminess of my mood. In the face of illness I can’t ignore, May I unite my suffering with Yours. Lord Jesus, You came to lighten the burdens That discourage and distract from You. When days are hard, please give me courage To hope beyond the struggle and setback. Amen.

November 29, 2017: Safe in the Lord

Lord Jesus, who calmed wind and waves, Please help me when I doubt or fear To have faith in Your protection And comfort because You are near. Amen.

November 28, 2017: Closeness to the Lord

Blessed Virgin Mary, I come to you In Your closeness to the Lord Jesus. Please pray that I draw nearer to our Savior, Life-giving Bread who came to feed us. Amen.

November 27, 2017: A Peaceful Heart

Lord, Jesus, Please open my heart to Your peace When I am anxious about many things. Please help me in my struggles to see The hope that greater faith in You brings. Amen.

November 26, 2017: Prayer for Peace on Christ King Sunday

Lord Jesus, When I am worried, anxious, or afraid, Please grant me peace of heart, If only for the moments I spend in prayer with You. For young people making choices, Please give them mentors who will teach That violence never ends well. For nations in strife, Please bestow wisdom on leaders Whose decisions can devastate or elevate humanity. Where there is bitterness, Please open hearts to forgiveness, The door to peace. Amen.